When the happiness rankings by state came out last week, I said you should expect to see lots of correlations in the future. Richard Florida jumps right in and finds the following:
State happiness is associated with income (a correlation of .33 with our measure of average income), as well as housing prices (.49). Makes sense: People are willing to pay to live in happy places, and people with more income have more choices. And it’s even more closely associated with levels of human capital (that is, share of adults with a bachelor’s degree or above - it’s . 77)Click the link for graphs.
Happy states appear to be creative states - at least as measured by the share of people employed in creative class jobs (with a correlation of .48). The correlations are even higher for the the super-creative core and the the overall creativity index (.53).
On that score, yes, happy states are also apparently those greater concentrations bohemians (.43), immigrants (.36 ), and gays (.32), as well as states with higher levels of high-tech industry (.22) or those with more innovative potential.One worrying finding: States with a large concentration of the working class are far less happy - with a negative correlation of (-.51).
via Creative Class