Over and over again sociologists have found that people in the countryside report a higher happiness index than people who live in cities. Is this effect well received by all sociologists?




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    At Skeptics SE we usually only check whether a claim is true or not. In this case you are essentially saying "This claim is probably true. Why is it true?". I do not really see that this is within the scope for Skeptics SE.
    – MichaelK
    Sep 10 '18 at 6:06
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    There are several Stack Exchange sites where this question may be on-topic, but borderline in all cases: The Great Outdoors, Medical Sciences, and Psychology & Neuroscience come to mind, but I'm not sure it would be a good fit on any of them. You may try to ask on their meta site or check what previous questions have been well received.
    – gerrit
    Sep 10 '18 at 11:59
  • @dandavis: source? I haven't heard that. I have heard that farmers have a higher suicide rate, but rural != farmers. (I believe that the later has to do with a cultural identity tied to a specific profession, as well as land ownership, especially of a specific geographical piece of land, combined with an extremely stressful cashflow situation and high investment in land and machinery).
    – sharur
    Sep 11 '18 at 1:50
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    @sharur: to me, rural means "low population density", and looking at the US states raked by suicide rates, we see the ranking is very close to the population density ranking of each state (in reverse order).
    – dandavis
    Sep 11 '18 at 2:11

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