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

Today's moment of summer

There's this green... stuff... that accumulates on Buckingham Pond. Up close, it looks like a bunch of tiny green seeds. Collectively they mass together and... (more)

A bunch of numbers about a bunch of different topics

How many people are here? What's the range of incomes? How are people getting around? What direction are crime rates headed? Numbers related to those... (more)

Ice cream at Martha's Dandee Creme

The unofficial last week of summer is upon us -- that time between August and Labor Day, when the calendar says it is time to... (more)

"[I]n Albany, where I am obliged to Quarter more Troops than the People can support, or reasonably ought"

This is an interesting bit of local history that we didn't know: During the French and Indian War the British army made extensive use of... (more)

Talking about board games at Overit

This cold be fun/interesting: Overit in Albany is hosting a discussion event about creating and crowdfunding board games September 10. Blurbage (links added): Gil Hova,... (more)

Recent Comments

My five favorite Albany fast lunches: (1) Szechuan Pepper-Salt Shrimp at Ocean Palace. Lunch special comes with wonton or hot and sour soup. A steal, for under seven bucks. ...

How much does it cost to have "a secure yet modest standard of living"?

...has 14 comments, most recently from Amelia

The Grocery checks out

...has 7 comments, most recently from Blergh

Suggestions for mixing up workday lunch in Albany?

...has 10 comments, most recently from chrisck

Pearl Palooza 2015 lineup

...has 4 comments, most recently from Greg

Seeing the city for the trees

...has 9 comments, most recently from Mike D