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What Tweets Reveal About America's Happiness

Emily Howard

Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list. Maine, Nevada, Utah and Vermont round-out the top five happiest states list, following rainbow and beach-filled Hawaii.

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  • Jen. MillerJen. Miller

    I can't help but think this study is completely biased. If keywords like "beach" "wine" and "rainbow" are perceived as positive, of course regions like Hawaii and Napa, California are going to top the list. I find it hard to believe that the amount of expletives one uses should represent their “unhappiness.” Did this study take into account the amount of tweets that are NOT related directly to the individual, such as the discussion of current events or media? I'm eager to see where Florida ranks- we have plenty of wine and beaches!

  • Ashley StevensAshley Stevens

    Being from New Orleans, I have to say that yes, this area has a fondness of swear words, not normally in a negative way. But it's still sad to see 2 cities from Louisiana as the top 5 saddest, and another city one I was born in. Good to see that New Orleans isn't among the saddest. I'll vouch to say we're pretty happy here. :)

    • Emily HowardEmily Howard

      I know! It's very interesting. I thought at first it was going to correlate to warm/cold states, but it doesn't. With most of the south unhappy and a good portion of New England in the happy zone.