Friday, December 2, 2011

If you’re happy and you know it, say “Honolulu”

According to an article in today’s online edition of the Daily Mail, Men’s Health magazine has named America’s ten happiest and ten saddest cities.

Men’s Health admits that the diagnosis is “more statistical than psychological.” The saddest and happiest Americans were determined by calculating suicide and unemployment rates in 100 cities across the country. Then the percentage of households that use antidepressants and the number of people who report feeling down all or most of the time were factored in.

Voila! Before you could say “Emmett Kelly” the results were in. Mesdames et messieurs, ze rezultz of ze research show zat ze ’appiest cities in America are:

1. Honolulu, Hawaii
2. Manchester, New Hampshire
3. Fargo, North Dakota
4. Omaha, Nebraska
5. Boston, Massachusetts
6. Madison, Wisconsin
7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
8. St. Paul, Minnesota
9. Burlington, Vermont
10. Plano, Texas

and ze saddest ones are:

1. St. Petersburg, Florida
2. Detroit, Michigan
3. Memphis, Tennessee
4. Tampa, Florida
5. Louisville, Kentucky
6. St. Louis, Missouri
7. Birmingham, Alabama
8. Miami, Florida
9. Reno, Nevada
10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Poppycock! Balderdash! Your honor, I object. Zare There are at least two flies in the ointment. First, Men’s Health magazine may have used the wrong criteria for determining sadness and happiness. Second, Men’s Health magazine may have used the wrong 100 cities. There may be happier Americans and sadder Americans who weren’t even considered. There may be other flies in the ointment as well, but these sprang to mind.

Furthermore, “happy” and “sad” are determined by individual persons, not by panels of researchers in magazines. For example, two of my grandchildren were born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and another two were born in Birmingham, Alabama, and those were among my happiest days ever. On the other hand, I can think of many places I would rather be than North Dakota (or Nebraska or New Hampshire or Massachusetts or Wisconsin or South Dakota or Minnesota), especially with winter coming on.


  1. Interesting that Georgia didn't appear in either category.

  2. I will have Emmett Kelly nightmares and will suffer from coulrophobia from now on. ;-)

    Florida wins the unhappiness competition. Or 'loses' might be more appropriate.

  3. How come Canton, Georgia doesn't figure on either list? Your little city must be on another list. Horniest? Sleepiest? Most Obscure? Bloggiest?

  4. Bizarre, I say. Then again happiness is a pretty tricky issue all together. Who knows whats missing right? But this is a pretty cool list.


  5. Snow, neither did Oregon.

    Carolina in Nederland, I learned a new word today. I checked for the definition.

    Yorkshire-style Pudding, since the next town north of us, Jasper, is called The Gateway to The Mountains, Canton must be The Gateway to The Gateway to The Mountains. If I were to move away, Canton would leapfrog to the top of both lists.

    Punky, I thought so too. Inaccurate, but cool.