Findings on happiness in Bjornskov (2008a): study US 1993

Author(s)Bjornskov, C.
TitleSocial Capital and Happiness in the United States.
SourceApplied Research inQuality of Life, 2008, Vol. 3, 43 - 62
Public18+aged, general public, 9 regions, USA, 1983-1998
Survey nameNot available
 DDB Needham dataset (2007)
SampleProbability area sample
 Probality sample of USA-citizens, from which respondents per state are selected.
Respondents N =60200
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksTwo types of analysis of average happiness: 1) 15 time trends in 9 US Census regions, and 2) cross-sectional comparison between 48 US states
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: I am very satisfied with the way things are going in my life these days: 1 definitely disagree 2 3 4 5 6 definitely agree
Author's labelHappiness/life-satisfaction
Page in publicationTable 1
RemarksAverage happiness in 48 Us States in 1990-1998, ranging from 2,8 (Idaho) to 4,2 (Arizona).
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 6On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.08

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Formal sociabilityshow  Social cohesion in nation
Informal sociabilityshow  Social cohesion in nation
Social trustshow  Trust in fellow-man in nation
Trends in life-satisfaction 1983-1998show  Trend average happiness in cities/regions
Trends in life-satisfaction 1983-1998show  Trend in special publics, also classified as above ↑