Happy in Jersey

Which Americans are the “happiest” (as defined by wellbeing measures)?? Asian-Americans living in New Jersey, according to the American Human Development Project.? A newly released report finds that “New Jersey Asian Americans live, on average, an astonishing 26 years longer, are 11 times more likely to have a graduate degree, and earn $35,610 more per year than South Dakota Native Americans.”? African-Americans, in contrast, have a life expectancy equivalent to the average American’s life expectancy three decades ago.? Nationwide, Native Americans score the lowest on the American Human Development Index. (HT: Marginal Revolution)[%comments]


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  1. Mrs. 305 says:

    I’m not sure this study is completely accurate. While it’s true that New Jersey is one of the richest states in the country, that also comes with a more stressful lifestyle for all residents. In the northeast most people live very fast paced, intense, work concentrated life. This stress combined with the high property tax lead me to believe that we cannot possibly be some of the happiest people in the country, what with all the financial and career based pressure.

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  2. Holls says:

    Please SOMEBODY talk about Ankit Patel’s observations and data!

    I first noticed this clearly when I was explaining a presidential election to my foreign husband.

    This seems like one of those proverbial thousand pound gorillas that everyone is pretending to ignore.

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  3. Gunjan says:

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this phenomenon :

    As we see in the HDI report, 1 in 2 Asian Americans have a bachelors degree, the largest rate of bachelor education completion by race in United States. However, there seems to be a trend by the top universities (MIT, HBS, Wharton etc.) to limit the racial representation of Asian American students in their classroom for a Masters and Bachelors degrees. How do you think this will impact the overall education index of the Asian Americans in US? Is there any historic data that might predict that this will lead to Asian Americans completing higher education in other countries like China/EU? Could this have any positive or negative impact on American economy’s competitiveness?
    Your Avid Fan :)

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