10 Unhappiest & Happiest Cities in America

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Unhappiest and Happiest Cities in America

A study published by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research has ranked happiness levels in American cities. See gallery

Using data gathered from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey – and adjusted for age, income, race, sex and other factors – researchers found that Louisiana has the joy market cornered, with six of the 10 happiest cities. Click through for a countdown of the unhappiest and happiest places to live in the U.S.

 

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research

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Unhappiest Cities: #10 – Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pennsylvania

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Unhappiest Cities: #9 – Gary, Indiana

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Unhappiest Cities: #8 – Jersey City, New Jersey

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Unhappiest Cities: #7 – Detroit

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Unhappiest Cities: #6 – Toledo, Ohio

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Unhappiest Cities: #5 – Evansville-Henderson, Indiana

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Unhappiest Cities: #4 – Erie, Pennsylvania

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Unhappiest Cities: #3 – South Bend, Indiana

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Unhappiest Cities: #2 – St. Joseph, Missouri

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Unhappiest Cities: #1 – New York

That's right, the Big Apple is statistically America's the most unhappy city, according to the researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia. Continue clicking to see the 10 happiest cities in the U.S.

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Happiest Cities: #10 – Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Happiest Cities: #9 – Nashville, Tennessee

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Happiest Cities: #8 – Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Happiest Cities: #7 – Corpus Christi, Texas

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Happiest Cities: #6 – Rochester, Minnesota

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Happiest Cities: #5 – Alexandria, Louisiana

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Happiest Cities: #4 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Happiest Cities: #3 – Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana

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Happiest Cities: #2 – Houma, Louisiana

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Happiest Cities: #1 – Lafayette, Louisiana

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