Monday, September 26, 2011
CBS Evening News featured Somerville Mayor Joesph Curtatone and the city's "happiness survey" in its evening report Sunday.
With shots of Davis Square, the Community Path and the Davis Square Farmers Market, among other things, the footage on CBS Evening News looked awfully familiar Sunday night. In a segment called "Sunday Cover with Russ Mitchell," the news network featured Somerville, highlighting the city's so-called "happiness survey." Watch the three-minute CBS Evening News segment about Somerville here. The piece featured an interview with Somerville mayor Joseph Curtatone and man-on-the-street interviews with a few Somerville residents. It touched briefly upon Somerville's old "Slumerville" reputation, the city's dense population and its history. It listed the city's unemployment rate of 5.8 percent as one reason Somerville residents, overall, reported …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Somerville was the first city in the country to conduct a widespread "happiness survey." The results of the survey were announced Aug. 23. What do people on the street think about happiness in Somerville?
Are you happy? That was a question the city of Somerville asked residents in a recent city census. Somerville was the first city in the country to ask such a question, and the results were made public on Aug. 23. The city's effort to measure happiness has been covered by the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and other national newspapers. CBS Evening News is planning to feature Somerville's survey, too. We asked people on the street what they think of happiness in Somerville.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The city conducted the first wellbeing survey in the country, and it announced its results to the public Tuesday night.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Somerville averages 7.5 when it comes to happiness. When it comes to being satisfied with life in general, the number is 7.7. Those are some of the major results from the city's wellbeing survey, the first ever conducted by a city in the United States. In fact, the act of collecting data about residents' wellbeing—in what has been dubbed the "happiness survey"—has brought national attention to Somerville. The city has been featured in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post and other news outlets around the country, and CBS Evening News is preparing a story on Somerville's happiness initiative. Tuesday night, the city presented the results of the survey to the public for the first time. As a brief…
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Results from the city's "happiness survey" are in.
Are you happy? That's a question the city of Somerville asked residents earlier this year when they distributed a wellbeing survey. The effort garnered national attention, because Somerville was the first municipality in the country to survey for wellbeing and happiness. Well, the results are in. About 6,500 residents responded to the survey, according to a press release, and there will be a community meeting Aug. 23 to discuss the results. In addition to sharing the results and findings, the city will seek input from residents to discuss next steps. The meeting will also feature "a few fun activities," according to the press release. The happiness meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 23, at the Somerville High School Library.