Major

Economics

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

This study uses the World Happiness Index and WalletHub’s rankings of US cities’ happiness levels as a benchmark and comparison of demographic, statistical, and economic data. From this, a Happiness Index will be created to decide which major American metropolitan city is happiest, along with the creation of a numerical ranking. This data will be used to analyze the most important factors that contribute to the overall happiness rating. The information gathered will then be used to rank major cities- Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York- from different regions of the United States based on the happiness of their inhabitants.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Carolyn Kmet, Senior Lecturer, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

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Happiness Index: A Neural Network Model of American Cities' Happiness

This study uses the World Happiness Index and WalletHub’s rankings of US cities’ happiness levels as a benchmark and comparison of demographic, statistical, and economic data. From this, a Happiness Index will be created to decide which major American metropolitan city is happiest, along with the creation of a numerical ranking. This data will be used to analyze the most important factors that contribute to the overall happiness rating. The information gathered will then be used to rank major cities- Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York- from different regions of the United States based on the happiness of their inhabitants.