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New York Has A Cranky State of Mind

New York is the saddest state in the US, at least that's what a new study suggests. When it comes to happiness, New Yorkers rank last among the 50 states.

The rankings of the study, which has been published in the journal Science, were based on an annual nationwide survey of 1.3 million people by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The participants were asked how satisfied they were with their lives.

After analyses, experts declared New York to be the saddest state, just behind Michigan with its 14.7 per cent unemployment rate. The nation's most populous state, California, rated No. 46.

The top five happiest places were Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. Louisiana's ranking benefited from unhappy residents leaving after Hurricane Katrina.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 16:53 [IST]
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