You Can Find Happiness With A Map
The Gallup folks measure well-being. In this country, we are not all equal.
It turns out that West Virginia is the unhappiest state in the union, followed by Kentucky. The unhappiest congressional district is in far Eastern Kentucky. Writer Erik Reece notes that “you’ll find that the least happy places are Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern West Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia. In other words, the coal fields of Appalachia.” Reece points out that areas that have been been strip mined are not happy places.
The Mountain West is the happiest region, it appears. The happiest Congressional district is just outside San Francisco and contains Silicon Valley. The Great Plains are pretty happy, too. For what it’s worth….