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#1 Old 03-09-2005, 02:48 PM
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This is a list of 101 major American cities ranked in order from "happiest" (Laredo, Texas) to "most depressed" (Philadelphia) by Men's Health magazine.

I'm not real clear on what the methodology would be for ranking how depressed a city would be (least of all by Men's Health, not exactly a world authority on mood disorders or anything else not involving flat abs in 8 days or less)...but still, kind of a fun comparison. Most of the happiest cities are in Texas, interestingly.

My hometown comes in at #17; my current 'hood is near the bottom at #71 (and on days like today, I can understand why).

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#2 Old 03-09-2005, 03:43 PM
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Gee. Oklahoma is almost exactly in the middle. OKC and Tulsa both. Go figure- it's like Oklahoma is just damned to be only "OK". (It's even our motto).

Better than dead last, I guess.
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Is this referring to economic depression or psychological depression or something else? I'd probably be much more depressed if I lived in Laredo, TX as opposed to Tucson, AZ, yet Laredo gets an A+ and Tucson gets a C. I have no idea of the economic state of Laredo, but I suspect it's not the wealthiest place around. Strange list...
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Here's the accompanying article:

While suicide rates might be a good indicators of depression levels in a city, I'm not sure antidepressant sales are the best indicator. Different regions of the country have different attitudes about mental illness. People in Lincoln, Nebraska (#9) might have more of that "don't talk about mental illness, deal with your problems in private" type of attitude than people in San Francisco (#50) do for instance.
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Used to live near Houston...a "D" in Columbia..Happiest place on earth.. There's Prozac in the's that darned Prozac plant upstream from us...
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Haha oh man, I am moving from a D (NYC) to an F (Tampa). Weee!
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#7 Old 03-09-2005, 04:36 PM
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My town got a C- (the universal sign for sub-mediocrity). Figures. It's a pit of snarled traffic, smog, and other refuse that's spilled over from LA.

On the up side, we do have so much racial diversity that, basically, EVERYONE is a minority there. Kinda cool. Of course, I AM sick of getting put down by The Man.

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Isn't Texas one of the "fattest" states? Interesting that it's also home to 3 of the A+ happiest cities...
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