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State well-being index

Postby Shorty » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:11 pm

WI is #20. The list looks about what I would expect but I didn't realize Ohio was the bad.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... x/1949237/

"Hawaii ranks No. 1 for the fourth year in a row as the state where residents report the best sense of overall well-being, based on physical health, outlook on life, job satisfaction and other factors that affect quality of life, according to the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released Wednesday...Here's a look at the overall state rankings based on how residents described their sense of well being in 2012:"

1. Hawaii
2. Colorado
3. Minnesota
4. Utah
5. Vermont
6. Montana
7. Nebraska
8. New Hampshire
9. Iowa
10. Massachusetts
...
40. South Carolina
41. Oklahoma
42. Indiana
43. Louisiana
44. Ohio
45. Alabama
46. Arkansas
47. Tennessee
48. Mississippi
49. Kentucky
50. West Virginia
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Re: State well-being index

Postby snoqueen » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:14 pm

Yes, Ohio is that bad. It's sandwiched in between Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. KY and WV are 49 and 50, and IN is 42 on the Bottom 10. It's just south of Michigan, which has the misfortune of Detroit. The whole place hasn't got a chance.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Mad Howler » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:47 am

I see that Wisc has bumped from 22nd (2011) to 20th (2012). Given other trends I suppose this should be encouraging. But Minnesota ranks 3rd? F#cx! I always have been drawn west, but have stuck it out for family. I didn't know that crossing the Mississippi might have been more than good enough.

Have a close look at the link above as it is fascinating.

BTW - what's up with the significant down tick in well-being for Alaska, North Dakota, Kansas, and Louisiana?

I don't get it. Isn't the promise of petroleum prosperity being realized by these states?
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Re: State well-being index

Postby kurt_w » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:49 am

Delaware went from #47 last year to #26 this year. What the hell? Did somebody start adding antidepressants to the water supply or something?

Overall, though, the rankings make intuitive sense to me. I'd be happy to live in most of the top 10 states and would hate to be stuck in any of the bottom 10.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Galoot » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:40 am

I agree with you, Kurt, the top ten seems pretty sensible--though I wouldn't want to live in either Nebraska or Iowa unless I had a really good reason to be there. The rest? I'd love it. Although I'd rather be in Oregon or Washington than most of those places.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Ducatista » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:04 am

kurt_w wrote:Delaware went from #47 last year to #26 this year. What the hell? Did somebody start adding antidepressants to the water supply or something?

When your state population is in the double digits, all it takes to swing the needle is a couple residents discovering Happy Place or Engrish.com.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:11 am

Minnesotans don't know what they don't know.

They never go anywhere.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby snoqueen » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:24 am

Maybe they should go to West Virginia and even things out some.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Stomach » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:01 pm

Boy oh boy, the bottom 10 are RED
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Meade » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:26 pm

Top Mid-Size Communities
1. Lincoln, NE
2. Boulder, CO
3. Provo-Orem, UT
4. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
5. Honolulu, HI
6. Ann Arbor, MI
7. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
8. Madison, WI
9. Bremerton-Silverdale, WA
10. Naples-Marco Island, FL
http://cdn1.hubspot.com/hub/162029/2012 ... posite.pdf
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Violet_Skye » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:40 pm

My son's flight recently touched down in Cleveland (he travels for his UW sports meets). His tweeted remarks as he looked out the window: 'Ohio looks like when Ganondorf took over Hyrule. There are actually flames shooting from smokestacks. I think I see redeads.'
So, yeah. That bad.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby Shorty » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:04 pm

Ohio went for Obama twice. They had Kucinich in office until they blew it. With those signs of life there I didn't realize how bad it was.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby rabble » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:52 pm

Twice I have attended conventions in Cincinnati. They were great till I got three blocks in any direction from the convention center. Oh, so that's what they mean when they say "urban decay."
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Re: State well-being index

Postby ArturoBandini » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:06 pm

There are actually flames shooting from smokestacks.
Flaring is better from both a safety perspective and for the environment - when you burn methane or other hydrocarbons, you get mostly CO2 and water, both of which are relatively inert. Sure, those are greenhouse gases, but they're way better than methane in the short term.

Regarding the state well-being index - this is yet another example of an aggregation of a bunch of variables into a single metric. The wider the net cast by the aggregation, the less meaningful the metric. It might be fun to imagine possible correlations and causations, but making them stick statistically is going to be a hard row.
Stomach wrote:Boy oh boy, the bottom 10 are RED
Hmm, how 'bout that? Similarly, did you notice that the Top 10 skew WHITE? I'll let you decide which, if either, of those correlations means anything.
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Re: State well-being index

Postby kurt_w » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:48 am

ArturoBandini wrote:
Stomach wrote:Boy oh boy, the bottom 10 are RED
Hmm, how 'bout that? Similarly, did you notice that the Top 10 skew WHITE? I'll let you decide which, if either, of those correlations means anything.

You might have a point, but let's just note that the #1 state on that list is by far the least-white state in the US, while the #50 state is among the most-white.
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