Springfield area 8th unhappiest region in U.S., study says

Only areas of PA, NJ, IN, MO, WV considered more depressed

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you are feeling a little depressed, you are not alone in western Massachusetts. A new survey from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the Springfield area is one of the unhappiest regions in the country.

According to their survey, only seven other regions were ranked as “sadder” than greater Springfield. They were:

  1. Scranton, Pennsylvania (most unhappy)
  2. St. Joseph, Missouri
  3. Erie, Pennsylvania
  4. South Bend, Indiana
  5. Jersey City, New Jersey
  6. Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  7. “Non-metropolitan” West Virginia

The New York City area was ranked the unhappiest area with over 1,000,000 people, and was ranked just behind Springfield as the ninth most unhappy region overall.

Jennie Ouellette of Springfield told 22News that she can see why people are feeling down. “I moved there about seven years ago and everything just seems to be going downhill,” Ouellette said. “It’s depressing living there, and I’m looking forward to moving out of the town as soon as possible.”

If you’re looking for a quick fix in terms of happiness, Charlottesville, Virginia was ranked the nation’s happiest region. Closer to home, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine tended to be “happier” areas under their study than places in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.

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