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Old 07-21-2014, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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I understand Texas, Montana etc, but louisiana, Alabama is difficult to believe, except low COL, these states tend to do badly in almost every quality of life metric there is.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I understand Texas, Montana etc, but louisiana, Alabama is difficult to believe, except low COL, these states tend to do badly in almost every quality of life metric there is.
Maybe they don't place as much value on these things as you do.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I'm surprised the entire state of IL isn't red...flat, boring, and over taxed. If I didn't have family still there, I would never return.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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It is funny how people are commenting about this as if it is fact when there is no information about the methodology of this study. City Data posters fail at critical thinking yet again.
The official methodology for this inquisitive analysis was by throwing darts at a map..........................blindfolded.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Some folks seem a little salty.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Default Time Magazine: 10 Unhappiest Cities in America

TIME - Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews

Top 10 unhappiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million (as of 2010):
1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA

I've lived in #3 and can attest that I was not happy living there at all, and many of the people I met didn't seem happy, either. I've spent time in #1 and #6, and dealt with a lot of customers from #4 and #5, and the people I've encountered from those places generally don't seem very happy. So maybe this list is, albeit subjective, actually kinda accurate.


As for the happiest, while we're at it:
Top 10 happiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million (as of 2010):
1. Richmond-Petersburg, VA
2. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA
3. Washington, DC
4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
5. Atlanta, GA
6. Houston, TX
7. Jacksonville, FL
8. Nashville, TN
9. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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NO! Moved from San Diego to Philly!! An unhappy place!!

Not surprised at all NYC is the unhappiest place. Great place to visit-you couldn't get me to live there if you paid me.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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The only city on the unhappy list that genuinely surprises me somewhat is Las Vegas.

However, I am surprised to see Washington, Atlanta and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, having been to all three of those regions, on the happy list.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Very weird, if someone gave me each city list and asked which were top 10 happiest and which were top 10 unhappiest without letting me see the "results," I'd have gone the opposite way without question.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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The only city on the unhappy list that genuinely surprises me somewhat is Las Vegas.

However, I am surprised to see Washington, Atlanta and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, having been to all three of those regions, on the happy list.
I'm not too surprised by Vegas. Not sure if it's still the case, but for a long long time, it was actually the suicide capital of the United States. As a state, Nevada ranks #5

Las Vegas: The Suicide Capital Of America : NPR

Suicide: 20 states with highest rates - Photo 1 - Pictures - CBS News
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