Subjective well-being: how to measure subjective well-being? There are several ways subjective well-being has been measured, both on a collective and individual basis. Often, countries are ranked by their happiness, and cities by how liveable they are. http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl ranks how well nations combine level and differences in happiness, for the period 2000-2009, as reported by Veenhoven, R., World Database of Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Costa Rica is at the top with a score of 79, Denmark follows with 78.
The Economist Intelligent Survey on http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2009/06/liveable_vancouver ranks the most liveable cities in the World, Vancouver is at the top with a score of 98.