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Florida is nation’s ‘unhappiest’ state

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In a recent poll, combining many lifestyle and economic factors called The Happiness Index, rated Florida as the unhappiest state (Nebraska was the happiest), at number 51 (Washington, D.C. was included) and came down from 50th last year. Given the contents of the polling, and the recent criticism of Governor’s Crist’s acceptance of (depending on who you ask) too much, or too little of the $6 billion awarded to Florida, of which, $402 million (or slightly more than 6.7 percent) was accepted by the State of Florida.

According to an article on on the results, here is how the index works:

“The Happiness Index, which analyzes household income, non-mortgage debt, employment and foreclosures, is a fresh take on the old and tired Misery Index, made popular in the 1970s. The Misery Index takes into account unemployment and inflation rates and seeks to identify the most financially miserable places to live.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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