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<a href="http://www.newsnet5.com/health/4267792/detail.html" target="_blank">http://www.newsnet5.com/health/4267792/detail.html</a><br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br>
My hometown comes in at #17; my current 'hood is near the bottom at #71 (and on days like today, I can understand why).<br><br><br><br>
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<span style="color:#008000;">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).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Better than dead last, I guess.</span>
 

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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: <a href="http://www.newsnet5.com/health/4267892/detail.html" target="_blank">http://www.newsnet5.com/health/4267892/detail.html</a><br><br><br><br>
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"..now in Columbia..Happiest place on earth.. There's Prozac in the water...it's that darned Prozac plant upstream from us...
 

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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.<br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"><br><br><br><br>
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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...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 
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