America's happiest and most miserable cities

These metro areas ranked at opposite ends of Gallup-Healthways' Well Being Index, based on life evaluations and measures of physical, financial and emotional health.

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Mar 27, 2014 7:00AM
People in Co are happy because they are stoned. 
Apr 1, 2014 5:09AM
any where, any town , just no ex wife or inlaws
Mar 29, 2014 11:57AM
Being healthy is a personal choice, not a geographical choice.  It's how much you exercise, what you eat, what you don't eat, amount of sleep, stress, etc.   Doesn't matter if you live in W.V., Colo, or any other State.  It's what YOU do, not what any State does.
Apr 1, 2014 3:36AM
What Hawaii is not telling you is you better not go there to look for a job you will be very disappointed and you better not be Houle.  They have serious issues over there, its beautiful IF your on vacation or you have money otherwise forget it
I read the comments so far and I've come to the conclusion that any person can be happy no matter where they are as long as they live with good company.
Apr 1, 2014 9:40AM
Detroit didn't make the list?  Researchers maybe too scared to go there??
Apr 1, 2014 9:22AM
A smile goes a long way no matter where you live
Mar 27, 2014 9:14AM
If CNN actually read the Gallup report, (and understood it), they would notice one big error.  One of the unhappy cities is Hickory, Morganton, Lenoir, NC.  There is no such city.  When that error was pointed out to Gallup, they merely changed the city to Hickory (alone) but did not adjust their data to exclude Morganton, or Lenior.  So, the city that does not exist is according to Gallup one of the unhappiest.  i suppose the fact it does not exist is the cause?  Not only is Hickory, Morganton, and Lenior not a city, but they are also separated by miles of mountains.  Not not combine Miami and New York City next time?
Apr 1, 2014 4:59AM
What in hell does the percentage of smokers have to do with anything? 
Apr 1, 2014 8:16AM

If one is unhappy in Spartanburg or Hickory then one will be unhappy anywhere. The Carolinas don't require money to live a happy life just step outside cut some firewood, grow some food and talk to some folk..

It just could be Spartanburg and Hickory and the othe three didn't pay enough to the pollers too

Apr 1, 2014 7:41AM
Provo is a miserable town.  Look at the suicide and drug issues.  It is a rather strange town in that if you poll them they will always end up as leading in being happy as that is the last stronghold of Mormon they protect.  If polled you will not get a straight answer.  But if you dig into the demographics it looks pretty sad.  Don't know if they still lead in female abuse of prescription drugs but it is not called Happy Valley because they are "Happy".  Just a miserable and quirky little place.  I lived there for 0ne year and did not see much happy.  I am not a hater at all so I'm just giving my observation as it seemed to me to be a sad little area and I never understood how they answer polls as if reality did not exist.
Apr 1, 2014 10:40AM
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Apr 1, 2014 11:39AM
I am very proud to be from Huntington WV, I have travelled through 46 of the states and always happy to come home. If the rest of the country enjoys looking down their nose at us, well to be honest, we dont care. West Virginia is a unique place in a country of look -a- likes, wannabe's and posers. Like all places, we have struggles but we deal well with adversity because we are strong from generations of people who did not run away, but hit problems head on. Case in point is the recent water issue, unlike Los Angeles and other large cities, there were not riots in the streets and people going out of their way to profit, we had neighbors delivering water to the elderly and sick, using private vehicles to take bottled water to a strangers house because they did not have the means to transport it. This of course never made the main stream media, but people here did not do it for recognition, they did it because it was the right and neighborly thing to do. To those who have a poor view of West Virginia, I say come visit some of the most beautiful land and people anywhere in the world, we will welcome you. If not, we really won't miss you either.
Apr 1, 2014 9:47AM
With reference to Huntington, WV: the "Ashland" that is included in the area is in Kentucky, not West Virginia.
Apr 1, 2014 9:21AM
Funny that none of these cities are in the top 5 happiest states???
Apr 1, 2014 11:58AM
Another flawed poll from MSN as usual.  I see by the income it is more influencing to whether or not you are happy with your city.  I would rather think that an income of $ 90,000.00 plus in San Jose would not be something to brag about when you consider the cost to live in California.
Apr 1, 2014 3:35AM

1. Financial institutions are owned by stockholders.

2. Stockholders are loathe to lose capital under *any* circumstances.

3. College attendance , and financials are correlated 1:1.

4. The authors would have you believe that places with </= 20% graduates are miserable

    in order to sway those on the "fence" to buy their worthless product(s).

on a non-related note:   apparently in their stampede to persuade us, they forgot to check

their demographics AND their geography. One of their "miserable" entries does not even exist.

(they later edited it and STILL GOT IT WRONG) 

There is a moral to this:

Don't by their crappy college products that do not result in employment, and only line the stockholders pockets.

Apr 1, 2014 5:44AM
You forgot about the depressing non stop rain in Seattle! lt rains at least 200 days out the year. The only reason people say they are happy here is because their seachickens won a S.B.
Apr 1, 2014 8:29AM
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir is not a city.  Not even geographically adjacent, and not connected in any other way. Not even in the same County in NC.   How Gallup lumped them together in this survey is a mystery.  But once the mistake was pointed out to them, they dropped Lenoir from the title completely , and started pretending the data was only from Hickory. 
The also had the city of Washington, DC/Los Angeles in the survey, but someone sent them a map.
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