This Michigan City is Officially the Saddest in America
Happiness is a state of mind. However, that state of mind can be affected by many factors.
Are you satisfied with your job and your income? Is that income enough to pay for all your bills and daily living expenses? What are your work hours like? Do you get enough sleep? Even something that seems innocuous, like how much sun do you get throughout the year?
Happiest Cities in America
WalletHub took a look at those factors and a whole lot more when determining the "Happiest Cities in America". They compared 182 of the largest, and some of the most populated, cities in the nation and took a look at three key facets;
1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Income & Employment and 3) Community & Environment.
And within each one of those facets of life, there were multiple factors that made them up.
For instance, "Emotional & Physical Well-Being" was comprised of depression rate, life expectancy, and food insecurity. "Income & Employment" included factors like poverty rate, job security, and weekly work hours. And finally "Community & Environment" was made up of separation and divorce rates, hate-crime incidents per capita, and ideal weather. Keep in mind, those were just some of the comprising factors, to see the full list, click here.
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After taking a look at all those facets and factors, WalletHub came up with a comprehensive list going from the "happiest" cities in America down to the saddest cities in America. And I'm sad to say, there's a Michigan city that ranks dead last on that list, making it the saddest city in America.
Unfortunately, that city would be Detroit.
Saddest City in AmericaUnfortunately, that city would be Detroit.
Detroit, Michigan ranks 182 out of 182 cities when it comes to happiness.
The overall scores were absolutely abysmal. Detroit ranked 181 for "Emotional & Physical Well-Being", 178 for "Income & Employment", and 180 for "Community & Environment", leaving a lot of room for improvement.
On the other hand, there is a Michigan city on the list that didn't fair too poorly, and that would be Grand Rapids, coming in at number 70 out of 182 cities. "Income & Employment" ranked particularly high with a score of 12 out of 182. "Emotional & Physical Well-Being" and "Community & Environment" were a little worse off with rankings of 87 and 54 respectively.