Richard Florida looks at Gallup's happy state data and tries to draw connections:

Index

The gist:

...happy states are also apparently those greater concentrations bohemians (.43), immigrants (.36 ), and gays (.32), as well as states with higher levels of high-tech industry (.22) or those with more innovative potential.

Florida offers this caveat: "This is a first cut analysis and it’s dealing only with correlation or association and not causation, but the relationships are nonetheless interesting."

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.