Hey Philly, You’ll Never Guess Who Made the “Unhappiest Cities” List

Pennsylvania, in general, is just sad.


This is the symbol of deep discontent.

God as our witness, we have no idea whether this is good news or bad news. So let’s try it:

Philly, you’re on a new list of America’s unhappiest cities. 

But you only rank No. 10.

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]

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  • Pat Croce

    Who cares? I live in North Philly and I still love it. There’s also no way that a hole like Washington, D.C. can be rated one of the happiest places to live when the only enjoyable areas are the touristic ones. Just because some geek from Canada throws a colored map in your face doesn’t mean that it’s credible in any way, shape or form.

    • Inquizative

      I used to be unhappy with living in Philadelphia. Until I met my fiance who is a Brooklyn native. After spending a lot of time in NYC, I am very grateful to be a Philadelphian, I suddenly became a happy Philly native. New York is astronomically expensive and woefully overcrowded of which I’m sure is a major contributor to the #1 ranking in the unhappiness scale. Rush hour is everyday 24/7. The rents are up in the stratosphere somewhere. Common everyday New Yorkers are rent slaves. As the saying goes, “New York, great place to visit, but you don’t want to live there.”

  • ployski

    Folks who love being in Philly have a very very low bar. Yes, apparently they will be joyful when you stop hitting them so much. The high crime, lousy winter and summer weather and nasty air make for some serious deficits. Get a friggin life people!!! Ok, you guys love eating philly dreck, philly steaks and hoagies. I understand now….