I’M REALLY NOT SURPRISED that New York City is home to some of the most unhappy Americans, according to a study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research. We are so cold, unfeeling, and jaded, and we never take time to really relax. Our living conditions are on the brink of tenement-style, and even a tube of toothpaste will cost you your first-born.
Then again, it’s easy to be super happy in places like Montana, and Colorado, where outside of the city centers, there isn’t much to stress about. The cost of living is low, there are wide open spaces to explore, and at least in Colorado’s case, you can always get high if you start to get depressed. I’m not sure what the draw is for the Richmond, Virginia area, but maybe it has something to do with Southern hospitality (and the fact that you can get a five-bedroom house for less than $300,000).