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.