New Yorkers aren't the country's happiest bunch, at least to a new study released by a nonprofit economic research group.
Using data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on life satisfaction between 2005 and 2010, New York City ranks as the nation's least happy city — at least when things like age, pay and housing prices are considered.
The 8.4 million residents across the five boroughs report to be unhappier than even residents in cities going through notable economic struggles, edging out Detroit and many post-industrial cities in the Rust Belt such as South Bend, Indiana and Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The report was released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, whose researchers called New York City an outlier for it "high housing values and relatively low growth rates" and a "large city with high rents and low self-reported happiness."
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What can turn that frown upside down? The study suggests the lack of higher wages in other cities is offset by lower rents. But for New Yorkers, a second theory might apply.
"An alternative view is that humans are quite understandably willing to sacrifice both happiness and life satisfaction," the report said, "if the price is right."
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