St. Petersburg, Fla., is saddest U.S. city

Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- St. Petersburg, Fla., once soaked up a record 768 straight days of sun, but Men's Health magazine ranks it as America's Saddest City.

Men's Health did a statistical analysis of 100 U.S. cities, using suicide rate data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, unemployment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and SimplyMap for the percentage of households where antidepressants are used, as well as the number of people who report feeling the blues all or most of the time.

The magazine commented that Florida in general seems to be a depressing place to live, with three cities among the Top 10 Saddest Cities.

Following St. Petersburg are: Detroit; Memphis; Tampa, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; St. Louis; Birmingham, Ala.; Miami; Reno, Nev.; and Las Vegas.

Men's Health said the Top 10 U.S. cities that appear blues-proof are: Plano, Texas; Burlington, Vt.; St. Paul, Minn.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Madison, Wis.; Boston; Omaha; Fargo, N.D.; Manchester, N.H.; and Honolulu.

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