How Happy/Depressed is your city
This MSN article lists the 20 happiest and 20 most depressed cities in the United States.
Can't really pick out a pattern. Can you? The climate is often said to be a factor, but Los Angeles, Tampa, and Arizona cities are among the most depressed cities. Wealth? El Paso, TX and Fresno, CA aren't exactly known to attract multi-millionaires, so we know money can't buy happiness. Politics? Both lists have a good mixture of cities from "blue" and "red" states. Religion? The happy list has 5 cities from the Bible Belt, but Salt Lake City is among the most depressed cities.
One pattern I do see is the depressed list has a lot of big cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and the happy list consists of mostly small cities that most of us have not visited.
Most of my blogging friends reside in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and they are both among the 20 most depressed cities :(