DETROIT (WWJ) – Where do the happiest people live?  A new Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index says it’s not Michigan.  In fact, WWJ Newsradio 950’s Beth Fisher reports  the least happy people live in one of Detroit’s congressional districts.

It’s Michigan Congressional district 13, which encompasses Detroit, some downriver suburbs, and Grosse Pointe. Gallup called 1000 randomly selected adults every day for three years, asking them about their emotional status, work, stress, among other things. 

Data Driven Detroit Director Kurt Metzger says it’s been a tough few years in Detroit.

“When you look at the 13th District, and you look at some of the conditions, maybe not in the Grosse Pointes, but certainly because Detroit takes in so much of it… loss, I mean, is certainly economically driven,” says Metzger.

 “I think that tends to, you know, it’s hard to have a, get up in the morning with a big smile on your face, feeling really good when either you don’t have a job or you look around and you’ve got vacant homes or homes that are  need to be torn down. It does tend to color your view of the world,” Metzger adds.

But, he sees more happiness in this study in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Ann Arbor. By the way, Gallup’s happiest guy lives in Hawaii , is 69, and makes more than $120,000 dollars a year.

Comments (4)
  1. Marty Johnson says:

    So apparently money (mixed with a little sunshine) CAN buy happiness.

  2. A Michigan Resident says:

    Am I happy?

    I have to work in Ohio to pay my Michigan home mortgage and state taxes
    I have to live in a Super 8 Motel 4 days out of 7
    I don’t see my wife and two dogs until the weekend
    This is my reward for earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

    Am I happy? I will be as soon as my Tiger Blood and Adonis DNA prescription is refilled. They bring a Sheen to my smile.

    1. Kalepe says:

      Ha, ha, ha….good one. At least you still have your sense of humor :-)

  3. Roger Buchholtz says:

    The MI FairTax would change all of this by bringing full employment to Michigan almost overnight. Go to to see how this is the case.

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