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The unhappiness metrics

Kari Chisholm does a nice deconstruction at Blue Oregon on the Business Week ranking of “unhappiest” cities in the country, and placing Portland at the top – a proposition likely to generate more guffaws than anything else from most Portlanders.

These national “best,” “worst,” and so on lists of metro areas around the country are mostly ridiculous beyond measure, mainly because of the metrics they use. (An honestly subjective list probably would be a lot better.) They doubtless make for nice handles for magazine articles, where lists are often prized, but almost never should they be taken seriously. That “almost” is there because someone, someday, may come up with one that’s truly meaningful. We’re not counting on it . . .

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