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America’s 10 Saddest Cities

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America’s 10 Saddest Cities

Earlier this year the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index published their findings on which cities were the happiest, they ended up with the other end of the spectrum as well: The miserable places. Based on the results of telephone surveys with a random sample of 352,840 adults, compilers of the index asked numerous questions about six sub-indexes: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities

Fast forward to this month when Men’s Health complied a happy cities list of their own. Their diagnosis was calculated on suicide rates (CDC) and unemployment rates (Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of June 2011), combined with the percentage of households that use antidepressants as well as the number of people who report feeling the blues all or most of the time.

The results vary from other lists; the happiness of a city really is a difficult statistic to qualify. But here is what they came up with for the least happiest cities of the 100 they considered; 100 being the saddest city of the bunch.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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9:47AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

You would think the freezer cities would be on the list..... living in Utah we want to go to the warmer ones in the winter.....

2:12PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

maybe its because we need all the seasons (changes in general) to be happy? …It takes some cold to appreciate the sun and vice versa…

9:09AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

I grew up in Tampa and hated every minute of it. Always envied the kids who could play in snow, go skiing and iceskating, and who could see the beautiful change of seasons. Fortunately I escaped the horrible state of Florida for 17 years and got to live in Atlanta. The Tampa Bay area is disgusting - it's always hot, always has high humidity and always has tons of biting bugs. I can easily understand why 3 places in Florida made the list!

12:33PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I just moved to St Louis and cannot understand why this city is ranked as sad. Overall people here are kind and positive, and I see a lot of smiles. I love it. I think it is a great place. I think it is ridiculous to label a whole city as being happy or sad, etc.. There's a lot to do, great music, and good food, fun shopping, beautiful architecture, and nice midwestern folks. I'll take it any day. And by the way, Pennsylvania was the most miserable, negative place I have ever been too...

11:38AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

INTERESTING

9:43AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

This article doesn't make sense. Title said 10 saddest cities. Going in article, it said from #90 to #100. I don't get it??? Where's top 10??

4:56AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I find it interesting that this articles findings are waaaaay different that this articles: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-saddest-cities-in-america.html ... Something does not compute...

7:15PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Interesting. Heh, even more so since I lived in Vegas once.

1:13PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Thanks

1:12PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

what is the criteria??? and again as many people keep commenting...why do we have to go to a separate page for each one...list them all on one page and tell us what the common statistics are that make them sad and tell us who thinks they are sad. there is npthing of substance to comment on beyond that...

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