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Least happy American regions


1. Scranton, PA


2. St. Joseph, MO


3. Erie, PA


4. South Bend, IN


5. Jersey City, NJ


6. Johnstown, PA


7. Non-metropolitan West Virginia


8. Springfield, MA


9. New York, NY


10. Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY


U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest reported happiness:


1. Charlottesville, VA


2. Rochester, MN


3. Lafayette, LA


4. Naples, FL


5. Baton Rouge, LA


6. Flagstaff, AZ


7. Shreveport, LA


8. Houma, LA


9. Corpus Christi, TX


10. Provo, UT


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


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



SCRANTON — A Canadian study ranked Scranton as the least happy American region.
The analysis, co-authored by Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, suggests people may be deciding to trade happiness for other gains.
The working paper “Unhappy Cities,” released last week by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, relies on a large survey that asks respondents about their satisfaction with life. This measure, which is often interpreted as a measure of happiness, indicates that individuals may willingly endure less happiness in exchange for higher incomes or lower housing costs.
Gottlieb and his co-authors investigated which regions of the U.S. tend to report lower life satisfaction, and found that residents of declining cities appear less happy than those who live in other parts of the U.S. Long-term residents of these cities appear equally as unhappy as newer residents, suggesting that the city's unhappiness persists over time.
Historical data indicate that cities currently in decline were also unhappy in their more prosperous past.

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