Study finds Grand Rapids and Detroit among the unhappiest cities
wow. I know it’s been a tough few years with the pandemic and everything going on in the world…but this is Michigan this in the dumps?
A new study has set out to find the happiest city in America… well, it’s definitely not Grand Rapids.
WalletHub ranks America’s happiest cities in 2022
The Personal Finance WalletHub consulted various positive psychology research findings to determine which of the 182 largest US cities is home to the happiest people in America. WalletHub looked at each city based on three key dimensions:
- Emotional and physical well-being
- Income and employment
- Community and environment
They assessed these categories using 30 relevant measures such as each city’s rate of depression, rate of adequate sleep, rate of sports participation, rate of income growth, job satisfaction, number of working hours per week, separation and divorce rate, average leisure time spent per day, hate crimes. incidents per capita and weather conditions.
Where does Grand Rapids, Michigan rank in terms of happiness?
Grand Rapids didn’t make the top 10…or the top 20…or even the top 50.
According to WalletHub, Grand Rapids comes in at No. 92.
With an overall score of 54, the GR scores break down as follows:
- Emotional and physical well-being: 104
- Income and employment: 53
- Community and environment: 66
Initially I thought maybe it was some shitty weather bringing us down? Michigan weather can be brutal, after all… That could still be a factor, however, WalletHub puts weather in “Community & Environment”, and it wasn’t Grand Rapids worse Category. No, it seems that what really depresses us are the elements of the category “Emotional and physical well-being” such as the rate of depression, the index of satisfaction with life, the rate of life expectancy of life, the rate of food insecurity and the consumption of drugs.
What are the happiest cities in the United States?
According to WalletHub, here are the ten happiest cities in America in 2022:
1. Fremont, California
2. Columbia, MD
3. San Francisco, California
4. San Jose, California
5. Irvine, CA
8. Overland Park, KS
9. Huntington Beach, California
10. San Diego, California
What are the saddest cities in the United States?
And then there’s Detroit, which WalletHub ranked dead last in terms of happiness, at No. 182.
Motor City’s overall score is 32.1, and in each category:
- Emotional and physical well-being: 179
- Income and employment: 179
- Community and environment: 177
In particular, Detroit came in first for the lowest adequate sleep rate and second for the highest separation and divorce rate.
Here are WalletHub’s 10 least happy cities:
- Detroit, Michigan
- Gulfport, MS
- Memphis, TN
- Huntington, West Virginia
- Montgomery, AL
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Augusta, Georgia
- Fort Smith, AR
- Mobile, AL
- Shreveport, LA
So what do we do to be disappointed?
WalletHub consulted with a panel of experts on issues surrounding unhappiness like job dissatisfaction, how age affects our happiness, and advice for people struggling with the “pandemic blues.”
In the latter category, Kristie Campana, Associate Professor and Director of the I/O Psychology Graduate Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, said the following:
Spending time outdoors, socializing with friends, and enjoying new experiences can help ease the “Groundhog Day” feeling that many of us feel when every day looks the same. Finding a skill you admire in someone else and then developing that skill yourself can give you a new purpose that can help you feel like you’re growing and progressing. Decompressing is also very important, especially if you feel Zoom fatigue. Eating foods that nourish our body and soul (yes, that can sometimes include chocolate ice cream) can also help us feel better about the challenges of the pandemic.
Learn more about WalletHub’s expert panel here.