America’s most miserable city list for 2014 has been released by 24/7 Wall St on Monday via Yahoo! News, and it gives the results of a Gallup-Healthways survey involving hundreds of thousands of American respondents who have lived in 189 metropolitan areas in the United States in the past two years. The survey reportedly analyzed the emotional health and physical health of residents in the metropolises.
Besides the residents’ physical health, emotional health and other factors of the people, information on their financial situation, employment situation, and many social indicators were recorded as well.
The survey says that in America’s most miserable places, the habitants were not as likely to be in good physical health as in other places. Additionally, the people were much more likely to say they engage in unhealthy behaviors. For example, persons residing in all of the nation’s 10 most miserable areas were more likely to smoke cigarettes than the average American.
Income – in particular, low income - though it was not a direct measure in the survey, was prominent in finding the nation’s most miserable cities.
The Most Miserable Cities in the United States in 2014
- Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio
- Charleston, West Virginia
- Redding, California
- Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina
- Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
- Columbus, Georgia-Alabama
- Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
- Mobile, Alabama
- Evansville, Indiana-Kentucky
The south of the United States is best represented in the most miserable city list.