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Report: Philadelphia’s A Pretty Unhappy City, But New York Fares Far Worse

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research has published a report on the happiest cities in the country, and there’s not one Pennsylvania or New Jersey city on the top 10.

Unfortunately, there are three on the other side of the list. The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pa. area came in tenth, and Jersey City, NJ was ranked eighth. Erie, Pa. earned the fourth unhappiest spot.

The paper, simply titled “Unhappy Cities,” was published last week and used life satisfaction information from a CDC survey and adjusted for various factors including age, sex, race and income.

Philadelphia was ranked the 53rd unhappiest of 177 metro areas, but we can all console ourselves with the fact that New Yorkers are apparently miserable – the Big Apple was ranked the unhappiest city in the country.

On the other hand, perhaps we should take a hint from Lafayette, Louisiana, reportedly the happiest place in America. Or just Louisiana in general; all five of the happiest cities were in the Southern state.

For more on the report, click here.

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