Our humans are relatively well developed

american human development map

New York's in the top 7.

The American Human Development Project released its annual "Measure of America" report today. The survey ranks states and congressional districts according to a "human development index," which is based on factors such as life-expectancy, education and income.

As it happens, New York scores pretty well in the index -- it ranks #7 overall (Connecticut was #1) and the New York 14th Congressional District (Manhattan and Queens) ranked #1 among all congressional districts.

Here in the Capital Region, the NY 21st (Paul Tonko) ranked #148 nationally, and the NY 20th (Scott Murphy) #162. That's better than a little more than 60 percent of all the congressional districts.

The stat-by-stat breakdown for the two districts is after the jump.

By the way: According to the report, Asian-Americans in New Jersey live better than any other group in the nation.

image and stats: American Human Development Project

Comments

I suppose we should be proud that we live in one of the dark greenish-brown states, but it really just seems like they took a few vague points to calculate an abstract concept they call "human development" just to point out how much better the northeast is than the rest of the US (the south in particular).

@Jesse: I wonder how using factors such as median income skew the results. Sure, places such as New York and Connecticut have high median incomes, but they also have high living expenses, too. A person could make less somewhere else and still live "better" because they're not, say, scraping to cover the mortgage.

As far as I can tell, the index also doesn't take into account factors that have been shown to be associated with happiness, such as commuting times (shorter = happier).

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Riding along with the skyline

We noticed this car in the Honest Weight parking lot the other day. It was wrapped -- both sides -- with an image of the... (more)

The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans at The Spectrum

Because we are a site on the internet we are required to post something about this -- because cats: The [deep breath] First (and... (more)

Boom bucks

Cost to implode and cleanup the Wellington annex, via Mike DeMasi: $160,000. (We wonder how much it would cost to do the same for the... (more)

Behold! New Lebanon

The Columbia County town of New Lebanon -- it's just across the border with Rensselaer County -- is attempting to turn itself into "the nation's... (more)

Drawing: Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up this weekend at SPAC. And we have tickets for two of the festival's events. And we're... (more)

Recent Comments

... We also had tantalizing tomatoes that made us smile and have some more.The tomatoes were a gift from a man in the community gardens in Albany, that grew them just so he could share with people.That made them even sweeter...

Drawing: Saratoga Wine & Food Festival

...has 52 comments, most recently from nic

What to do with used books?

...has 10 comments, most recently from BobF

The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans at The Spectrum

...has 1 comment, most recently from Cori

Boom bucks

...has 2 comments, most recently from Hock41

Behold! New Lebanon

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jessica R W