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To boost well-being, go south

On a scale of 1-10, Humboldt County falls below the Bay Area and San Diego for it’s rank of “well-being,” according to a study by American Human Development Index.

From California Watch:

The Bay Area, scoring 6.8, is home to some of the highest levels of health, education and income in the country. If the region were a state, it would surpass Connecticut’s 6.3 for highest in the nation. The San Joaquin Valley, on the other hand, would come in last if it were a state at 3.84, just behind West Virginia’s 3.85.

Other regions in the state fall somewhere in between: San Diego and the southern border at 5.65, greater Sacramento at 5.48, Southern California at 5.28, the Central Coast at 4.82, Coastal Sierra at 4.67 and Northern California at 4.26.


  1. Groan
    May 19, 2011 at 9:50 am

    The lack of well-being can be attributed to depression, caused by seeing the constant misuse of the word it’s.

  2. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    If under the table pay was included, I bet we’d rank a lot higher (no pun intended). We have to be considered a healthier place to live than the heavily polluted Sacramento valley and we’re not that dumb and poor, are we? As dumb and poor as West Virginia? Damn. No wonder I feel so smart on this site.

  3. Ed
    May 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

    All we need are more palm trees….and hammocks.

  4. tra
    May 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Having spent some time in Connecticut, I suspect that the methodology of this ranking system must be seriously flawed.

    In the case of CT, that state includes a number of obscenely wealthy suburbs, as well as some of the poorest cities in the country. Sure, when you “average” it, things look okay for the “average” person. But the income, access to health care, and so on, of the rich and super-rich skew the numbers considerably.

    So while the “well-being” of the rich and super-rich may be fabulous in places like CT (and the Bay Area), I’m not sure that the condition of the middle class and the poor in those places isn’t just as bad (if not worse) than here on the North Coast. We just don’t have as many rich and super-rich residents masking the condition of those in the middle and bottom of the income scale.

  5. Smart 5th Grader
    May 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Teacher says:
    May 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    “…we’re not that dumb and poor, are we? As dumb and poor as West Virginia? Damn. No wonder I feel so smart on this site.”

    Teach. If you received some professional help with your narcissism, you wouldn’t think you were smarter than West Virginia or Humboldt County.

  6. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I’m not a big fan of these ‘indexes’ because they summarize too much. But they are based on real data, not impressions or stereotypes, so they have some credibility. This one shows HumCo and West Virginia have the same overall score, not far below Kentucky and Oklahoma.

    My personal anecdotal experience is that a fair number of people here locally seem to have recent roots in those similarily scored states. Just thought of the people running that diner in Fernbridge and their style and ways of managing their operation…..

  7. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    5th grader, you say nothing that is worth talking about. Trying to bait someone into conversing with you and hurling anonymous putdowns at each other was fun and then I turned 10. Cyber space is a big world. Go find a new me who actually wants to chat with you and call you names. I feel badly. I am now convinced that, at least mentally, you probably are approximately 11 years old. I mean no harm and wish you good luck in all your endeavors. Pretend I don’t exist and didn’t embarrass you for the last two days.

  8. Charlie Bean
    May 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Teacher says: I understood from an article I read recently in the Times Standard that Humboldt had a high number of educated individuals, just did not have the jobs.

    I totally agree, living here is is better than the bigger cities with the poor air quality.

  9. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    They also have traffic, strip malls, no easy access to rivers, forests, ocean, etc. As long as you have a job, I would put Humboldt high on the places people should want to live.

  10. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    As long as you have a reliable means of survival(a job) most all places can good to live in. Thats the reason people live where they do all over the world, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iran.

    There’s no influx of people into HumCo because people mostly don’t see life here for them would be better than where they are now.

    Others on this blog have the opinion that many people in HumCo are ‘stuck’ here. Implying they don’t leave because they lack the ability or means or both.

  11. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I don’t think people live in Somalia and Afghanistan because they have good jobs or a reliable means of survival. I think it is normal to stay in the culture in which you were raised and where things are familiar and I don’t think there is a lot of opportunity for people in Somalia/Afghanistan/Iran to move. Poor and uneducated people, for the most part, don’t get to choose where they live.

  12. Walt
    May 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    We need to start importing CEOs. We might attract them by having more multi-million dollar houses and slave labor. . .or maybe cloning RAs. That’ll fix it.

  13. Flag
    May 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    poor schools, dirty hippies, no Home Depot, and not a decent place to park my boat.

    Julia Butterfly the operative killed Humboldt, bar hippies and save our area.

  14. w00ps
    May 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    the half wit black flag has come back as “flag” the quarter wit.

  15. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    There are substantial numbers of people in all those countries who stay because their lives are quite comfortable.

    As a tiny example, if you were to check the airport manifests in those countries you’ll find a number of domestic travelers going all over the world. Same if you were to check the bills of lading on luxury items being imported into those countries. And there are also needy people everywhere, even Beverly Hills has a homeless population.

    I’d say its normal for people to consider bettering themselves by moving to places where they think they will prosper. The world has become populated due to migration, not by people staying where they were born. As a small example, a large portion of the people born in HumCo leave the area. Always have and always will.

  16. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    NAN, you completely confused me. You said that most places can be good places to live if you have a reliable way to support yourself and you pointed to Afghanistan and Somalia. My point was that I don’t believe the fast majority of people who live in either place do so out of choice or because they have reliable work. I believe they live there primarily because they are impoverished and have no way out. I’m not sure what your post was referencing regarding my post.

  17. Random Guy
    May 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    good, cookie cut flag wavers get da funk outa here.

  18. Mr. Nice
    May 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    This post is wack. The headline was alright. Should have laid it down how to drive south to unload that dosia.

    Fuck Highway 101 in Garberville. This is the first lesson that them redneck overpaid Garberville CHP will pull a weed smuggler over to make weed smuggler in jail quota. They want to ask all kinna questions like we are looking for the pounds do you know about that shit? Fuck questions. For serious, fuck driving through Garberville unless you getting groceries. Spowl Creek Rd ain’t rained out, hit that shit up and come out smoking blunts and watching DVD on that r00t dash console with 185 pounds loaded up.

    The whole rest of the shit is easy as fuck stopping and smoking weed until Mendo. Fuck all them cities in Mendo, head out east and come back through Geyserville.

    Before Santa Rosa head towards the Spanish quarters, you know what I’m saying. Hit the five red cadillac deep spots the whole way through strawberry territory until you hit the tracks, then follow the tracks around all that bullshit traffic in Santa Rosa, smoking blunts to some fresh DVDs.

    Last step is to mob into the city and sell weed to all them bougie ass clubs. Sell that purp trainwreck and shit. Too boost well-being, go south.

    May 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Now, why does it seem the results are due to “service based statistics”? More people with more services is all I get from this data.

    I would venture to guess that the 4.26 – .17 or less is moreso based upon “income levels”, not inclusive of expenditures. SO, when the cost of living (valuation wise) is higher in the city compared to rural, the wages are higher to match higher costs. In rural America, economics works opposite of the urban areas often.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    May 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm


    lives are more comfortable when societal costs are minimal. Voters still don’t get it!


  21. Random Guy
    May 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    ha, good point henchman. “And how will you be paying for your services this evening and forever?”

    The semi-annual confusion hill mudslide was a reliable excuse to miss work…except of course it wasn’t. But the backroads are like surf spots…you just don’t talk about them. Catch 22…what of all those street signs in the middle of nowhere the past few years?

  22. NAN's exit door
    May 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    NAN says that Others on this blog have the opinion that many people in HumCo are ‘stuck’ here. Implying they don’t leave because they lack the ability or means or both.

    Hey, NAN, why are you here? – you whiny, complaining, unworthy piece of city waste. Why don’t you get out? Why did you come here? Retired? Broken down? Never made it in that superior big city. Got a kid up here? Can’t make it on your own in the place where the superior people are, the ones who are pretentious assholes like you?

    NAN, you hate Humboldt, so why not get out? Time to step into the next… No one will miss you for long.

    Make it soon, NAN. Humboldt is such a drag. Especially with you here. Overdose on something, old people do it all the time. Save us all, and EXIT already.

  23. Not A Native
    May 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Sorry, ‘anon with unoriginal and Humdumb name’, I’m like a missionary or anthropologist(or maybe even a scout for the shock troops that are coming up a widened Hwy 101 to drive you and your ilk out to Del Norte). Just improving the world in a way similar to what street sweepers, trash disposers, and dung beetles do. So put that in your bong and smoke it, along with other fantasies and delusions you invent. Meanwhile enjoy your paranoid paradise of fear and loathing.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:52 am

    The terrible part is the loser abuser, stupid types that are urban dwellers that are a part of so many bad things American; then, they bring their flushed backwater to rural areas (the area they stole water from to deliver to their former urban residence) where resources are extracted and exported, not imported. Ya, these types mess-up a whole lot, then pull-faces using false personal characters to hide-away their previous deviousnesses to somehow “blend in” as some concerned enviro geek.

    People who are urban dwellers are hard to respect as hypocrites, very hard. Funny how people pull the old “soap opera logic” or “play dumb or non-knowing” WHILE living an abusive lifestyle as takers of resources not their own. The excuse of “born and raised here or there” (thus, born into the problems) is lame as population is still increasing; thus, people can’t say they could not prepare better to live here or there to make better an urban lifestyle so that emmigrating and destroying other areas is avoided better. Then, these false enviro geeks want to disallow land uses that are less impactful than any use the enviro wannabe false geeks had entertained when they were being abusive as city slicksters dwelling off another area’s natural resources.

    Federal Wildlands Project: this is the over-population schemers scheme. More people, more problems, more restrictions, less quality of life. Notice how quality of life morphed into people servicings through business protocols and tax collections for debts gone wild to cover the lazy people mostly? It is sad that truly those who need extra care are lumped in with a majority of system abusers and frauds.


  25. granny90
    May 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Su where does Humboldt rank?Somewhere below San Diego?? Why?

  26. granddaughter
    May 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Why? Ask nagging NAN. S/he lives to expound on our many flaws.

    Have at it, Not.

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