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April 5, 2009 - 9:11am

Survey puts Genesee County in reasonably happy category

posted by Howard B. Owens in GLOW, Gallup.

The Gallup organization has produced a map indexing a sense of well-being all across the nation.

The map is a result of surveys asking people in all 435 congressional districts 40 questions "to determine people's physical and mental well-being."

In our slice of WNY, we fall right in the middle of the index.  Now that doesn't tell us if we're mostly happy or mostly unhappy, just that relative to the rest of the United States, we're right in the middle 20 percent of well-being and life satisfaction.

The site that contains detailed reports on each district has a very web-unfriendly Javascript in place preventing me from linking directly to the survey results for the 26th Congressional District.  You can search here.  Our index number is: 65.9  For the top-10 states, Arizona trails the list at 66.8. Overall, New York is 64.7.

It might be fair to say that the 26th District is a island of reasonable happiness surrounded by a sea of misery.

Tom Gilliatt
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This survey must have been done of the rich side of town, NORTHSIDE!
John Roach
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Gee, I live on the northside. I didn't know I was rich! Don't tell the IRS.
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How much did that cost..who paid for that..what a joke..
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Mark, you live on the Northside, you're rich, why worry anymore about money?
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I meant if I remember right the north east part of Batavia I used to work for my old land lord years ago doing his yard and stuff around his house and I remember alot of nice places over there and you could tell they were very well off and for those that live over that way I'm sorry I didn't mean anything by this only to the topic of the post. Tom
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Again sorry I should have thought before I typed!
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Rich can sometimes be relative.
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Yep put my foot in this one I did.
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Your right John i forgot how well off i am...Its tuff living in a gated community.....you can stop by if you want Tom,,,I'll leave the gate open...
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Tom, We all had fun over this one and we know what you were saying.
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Thanks John and Mark

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