May 18, 2010

"Wellbeing."

It's best in the city.

10 comments:

paul a'barge said...

bunk

rhhardin said...

better wellbeing

That would be betterbeing.

One notch below bestbeing.

Bob_R said...

Well, this is all self reported to someone taking a phone survey and we all know those city folk are liars.

Just joking about that as a generalization, but whenever I look at a survey, my first question is "who would lie to the pollster and why." A lot of the metrics in this survey (e.g. weight, smoking, "thriving") are more closely tied to status of urban social groups than rural groups. Rural people would be more likely to overestimate (lie about) things like church attendance. This is not quite a "stuff white people like" survey, but it's close.

bagoh20 said...

"Results are based on telephone interviews with more than 353,000 American adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Jan. 2- Dec. 29, 2009."

They asked a bunch of people some questions and then came to these conclusions. There are so many possible reasons for the disparity that are just as likely as actual differences in "wellbeing". How many people do you know who have nothing to complain about but do anyway. And how many who are much worse off who would say: "I'm doing pretty well." I just don't know what you can discern from this.

Bob_R said...

Of course, with the pollen counts the way they are, well being in rural America - at least Blacksburg - is pretty bad right now.

themightypuck said...

Revealed preference. Who could argue?

TosaGuy said...

Who ponders the navel-gazing concept of wellbeing more.....urban or rural folks.

edutcher said...

Being close to a hospital is going to help in this case.

The Blonde keeps talking about living in the country and I keep asking, "If one of us goes down, how close is the nearest doctor not trained at a school that ends in State?".

Of course, ZeroCare is probably going to make all that irrelevant.

c3 said...

Well I've lived in all three and as much as I like rural environments I'd have to agree with the survey.

Now the follow up question So what? is a valid question.

former law student said...

But the city they're talking about is Holland, Michigan.

And the second best city is Madtown, Wisconsin.

So can the locals confirm/deny?