Positive tweets rank Spokane among happiest cities

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 10:09 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--When it comes to happiness, where you live matters. Spokane is one of the happiest cities in the U.S. according to information gathered on Twitter.
 
A University of Vermont study looked at which Twitter users include the most positive words. Spokane was the only Washington State city to rank among the most positive cities in the U.S. Spokane ranked 11th overall.

Napa, California is the happiest city according to tweets from the residents. Meanwhile, Twitter users in Beaumont, Texas sent out the most negative tweets in the U.S.

Researchers at the University of Vermont scored more than 10,000 words on a positive-negative scale and measured their frequency in millions of tweets. They deliberately ignored context to eliminate experimental bias according to the study.

Hawaii is the happiest state according to the study. Researchers listed Louisiana as the gloomiest.

5 Happiest States:
Hawaii
Maine
Nevada
Utah
Vermont

5 Saddest States:

Louisiana
Mississippi
Maryland
Delaware
Georgia

Experts said what emerged was significant regional variation in happiness by this calculation, which correlates with other lifestyle measures such as gun violence, obesity and Gallup's traditional wellbeing survey. A sadness belt across the South includes states that have high levels of poverty and the shortest life expectancies.

The study found that Switzerland was home to the most positive Twitter users in the world.

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