Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Why so sad, Michigan?

The above map is from a study that quantified average state happiness based on geotagged tweets. As you can see, Michigan near the bottom of the pack in terms of state happiness. Bummer. For such an awesome place, Michigan often ends up bringing up to bottom of the pack with for all sorts of state rankings: child poverty, smoking, obesity. It's also worth noting that we are a geographic outlier for a lot of these measurements too--often preforming as poorly as the deep south. What's up with that?

Image via: The Geography of Happiness: Connecting Twitter Sentiment and Expression, Demographics, and Objective Characteristics of Place

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