God as our witness, we have no idea whether this is good news or bad news. So let’s try it:
Apparently Buffalo is sadder. Saint Louis more filled with ennui. Louisville has no reason to live apart from the once-a-year Kentucky Derby. We’re not surprised to see Detroit on the list. But Pittsburgh is No. 2. Pittsburgh?
In fact, a close look at Joshua Gottlieb’s list of cities on his happiness index makes us think Pennsylvania has a bit of a problem.
We’ve got two cities on the “most-unhappy big cities” list, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. And we’ve got three cities on the “most-unappy metro regions” list, basically of smaller cities: Scranton, Erie and Johnstown. “Non-metropolitan West Virginia” and Jersey City are only a stone’s throw away.
What’s wrong with Pennsylvania? Why can’t we be happy? Why? [University of British Columbia]