Saddest Cities: St. Petersburg, Detroit top the Men's Health list

saddest-cities.jpgMen's Health has put forth a list of the saddest cities in the United States. While not exactly a scientific research study, they do have some statistical methods to their madness. The magazines says they looked at suicide rates via the CDC, unemployment rates via the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and then they looked at SimplyMap for 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.

It appears they looked at most major cities across all 50 states, as cities from Iowa, Montana, Vermont, New Hampshire and Alaska are all on the list.

The Top (or we should say, bottom) 10 are as follows:

100. St. Petersburg, FL
99. Detroit, MI
98. Memphis, TN
97. Tampa, FL
96. Louisville, KY
95. St. Louis, MO
94. Birmingham, AL
93. Miami, FL
92. Reno, NV
91. Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas has always depressed us, too. Meanwhile, the actual Top 10 (least saddest cities) come in as:

10. Plano, TX
9.
Burlington, VT
8.
St. Paul, MN
7.
Sioux Falls, SD
6.
Madison, WI
5.
Boston, MA
4.
Omaha, NE
3.
Fargo, ND
2.
Manchester, NH
1.
Honolulu, HI

Fargo and Boston, huh? That surprises us a bit, though that probably stems from the way they are portrayed in movies and not actual life. No surprise that Honolulu is no. 1. That place is like a dream.

We are struck by the fact that St. Paul is no. 8, while its actual "twin city" Minneapolis is no. 14. Guess they make the sad people live on the west side of the river.

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