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Studies

Winters & Li (2015): study US 2005

Publication

Author(s):
Winters, J.V.; Li, Y.
Title:
Urbanization, Natural Amenities, and Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from U.S. Counties.
Source:
IZA Working Paper, 2015, No. 8966, Oklahoma, USA

Investigation

Public:
18-85 aged, 2361 counties, USA 2005
Survey name:
US-BRFSS 2010
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 19420490
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

How satisfied are you with your life, all things considered?
1  not satisfied at all
2  not particularly satisfied
3  rather satisfied
4  very satisfied
Classification:
O-SLu-u-sq-v-4-g
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
8, 24
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.39
SD:
0.63

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Population density in county Population density in vicinity
Population density in region
Metro status and size Rural dwelling (vs urban)
Size of urban setting
January mean temperature in county Temperature January mean sunlight in county Sunshine July mean temperature in county July mean relative humidity in county Humidity Topography Mountains Percent water area Local waters Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf Coast Area in the USA