The Right Coast

January 21, 2005
San Diego County: Not as Crazy as You'd Think
By Gail Heriot

According to a recent study at UC-Berkeley, residents the County of San Diego have a lower rate of mental illness than one would expect given the County's demographic and socio-economic characteristics. I am, of course, deeply proud of my fellow San Diegans.

On the other hand, the California counties with the highest rates of mental illness were San Francisco and Alameda (which includes Berkeley). (James Taranto points out for the Best of the Web that San Francisco and Alameda counties are also the counties in which Kerry did the best in the recent election.)

Alas, however, there must be a flaw somewhere in the study, since Sacramento County came out looking pretty well-adjusted. And anybody who knows anything about California politics knows that just can't be true ....