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Old 12-02-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I understand these rankings and statistics aren't always the most reliable and can be twisted to make any argument, so take it FWIW, but it is interesting nonetheless for discussion's sake. Just goes to show that climate isn't everything.

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1) Las Vegas
2) Reno
3) Miami
4) Birmingham
5) St. Louis

Also in the top ten is St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. All places on the list except Detroit (I think) average over 50% sunshine.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I understand these rankings and statistics aren't always the most reliable and can be twisted to make any argument, so take it FWIW, but it is interesting nonetheless for discussion's sake. Just goes to show that climate isn't everything.

Saddest Cities in America | Yahoo! Health

1) Las Vegas
2) Reno
3) Miami
4) Birmingham
5) St. Louis

Also in the top ten is St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. All places on the list except Detroit (I think) average over 50% sunshine.
Yeah, but aren't the residents of Hawaii the happiest. I think this list is more about the value of their homes (the top 3 anyway)going thur the floor rather than how much sun they get. Though I certainly enjoy my share of cloudy days. As far as the bottom two, well that goes without saying. lol Just kidding.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Yeah, but aren't the residents of Hawaii the happiest. I think this list is more about the value of their homes (the top 3 anyway)going thur the floor rather than how much sun they get. Though I certainly enjoy my share of cloudy days. As far as the bottom two, well that goes without saying. lol Just kidding.
Detroit does go without saying, though I'm surprised it wasn't higher on the list. Such a shame since it was once a thriving city. St. Petersburg surprised me, but I guess I shouldn't be since Florida was hit hard by the recession, as was Nevada. My point is that it doesn't matter how great a climate is. Economic factors are more important. Classic "grass is always greener" argument.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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Ive said it before, just like happiness isn't all about money, happiness isn't all about sunshine and heat. You have traffic, crime, etc. to deal with, and the U.S. generally has higher crime rates in the warmer and sunnier states
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:07 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Whatever people think, sun makes me happy :P
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Whatever people think, sun makes me happy :P
Agreed!
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: NY suburbs
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The unhappiness on this list likely has more to do with other factors, but nonetheless it is interesting that most of these cities are "sunny" ones.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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the U.S. generally has higher crime rates in the warmer and sunnier states
Looking at the crime state ranking of 2010 your right...

1.Nevada (Number 1 for 7 straight years!)
2.New Mexico
3.Louisiana
4.South Carolina
5.Tennessee
6.Florida
7.Delaware
8.Maryland
9.Arizona
10.Arkansas
11.Alabama
12.Georgia
13.Oklahoma
14.Alaska
15.California
16.Texas
17.Michigan
18.North Carolina
19.Missouri
20.Illinois
21.Ohio
22.Washington
23.Mississippi
24.Kansas
25.Indiana
26.Pennsylvania
27.Colorado
28.Hawaii
29.Kentucky
30.Massachusetts
31.Nebraska
32.New Jersey
33.Rhode Island
34.Oregon
35.Connecticut
36.New York
37.Minnesota
38.Virginia
39.Utah
40.West Virginia
41.Iowa
42.South Dakota
43.Wisconsin
44.Montana
45.Wyoming
46.Idaho
47.Maine
48.North Dakota
49.Vermont
50.New Hampshire

13 out of the top 16 are warm states!

Expected New Mexico (2), South Carolina (4), Delaware (7), Oklahoma (13), Alaska (14), Washington (22), Hawaii (28) to be lower on the list.

Expected Michigan (17), Illinois (20), Mississippi (23), Indiana (25), Pennsylvania (26), New Jersey (32), New York (36) to be higher on the list.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:29 PM
 
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But if you look only at the cities...

St.Louis, Camden, Detroit, Flint, Cleveland, Dayton, Gary, Baltimore, Buffalo, Hartford, New Haven, Newark, DC etc.

Not that warm.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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But if you look only at the cities...

St.Louis, Camden, Detroit, Flint, Cleveland, Dayton, Gary, Baltimore, Buffalo, Hartford, New Haven, Newark, DC etc.

Not that warm.
Interesting how that works out huh? The more southern states have a much more spread out population, and higher poverty rates than the Upper Midwest and Northeast and that is likely why crime is higher in the southern U.S. I believe this is a US phenomenon only, amongst the developed nations, Spain and Italy are the only other exceptions I can think of. Sicily and Andalucía are crime ridden and have high levels of corruption relative to other regions in those countries
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