Does where you live affect your happiness?
Not much, but people in cities are less happy:
The effect of living in a less urban area on the probability of being happy is estimated. It is shown that less urban areas are associated with higher levels of happiness. Further, it is shown that respondents in the north region are less happy. Data from the National Opinion Research Center’s “General Social Survey” are used.
► The effect of location on happiness in the United States is estimated.
► It is shown that respondents in less urban areas are more likely to be happy.
► Further, respondents in the north are less likely to be happy.
► Overall, the effect of location on happiness is modest at best.
Source: “Location and happiness in the United States” from Economics Letters