Tuesday, April 26, 2005

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 :(


At April 26, 2005 1:33 PM, Blogger Just Rannin' Around said...

No worries....I may live in a city that someone has determined by some means to be full of depressed individuals, but there are also some of us that are happy and can't stop from smiling because life is great.

The sights from every window are spectacular with the towering mountain ranges filling our skyline. We have breath-taking sunsets and within a few hours we have more national parks than probably anyone anywhere else in this country. Of course, some of the most amazing individuals live here and I am lucky enough to call them friends.

So maybe our city is full of pill-popping depressed zombies, however life is how you choose to look at it and I will choose to make it full of happiness!

Hope your day is full of sunshine!

At April 26, 2005 2:55 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

On the other hand, Los Angeles IS full of pill-popping depressed zombies...

At April 27, 2005 2:05 AM, Blogger Amanda said...

Money can't buy hapiness - but perhaps it buys unhappiness? Sociologists have long known that happiness begins to decrease when as people rise above a certain level of wealth. All of the "depressed" cities are larger, and, I think, have larger communities of extremely wealthy individuals than the "happy" cities. Residents of smaller communities where there is less disparity between the classes probably don't feel that they have to stretch quite so far to "keep up with the Jonses" so there is probably less envy, less discontent, and less stress to succeed.

At April 27, 2005 8:40 AM, Blogger Kat said...

the city i live in has the highest suicide rate in the country. i wonder if people come here to die, cause that's cheating.

At April 27, 2005 8:58 AM, Blogger American Girl said...

Hmm ... I wonder what they use to define "depressed" verses "happy".

And I agree with JRA ... every city has happy and depressed peole and even though I may live in one of them, the people I spend my time with are generally happy people. You should see us when we get all together and go out to eat! Watch out!


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