Study: New York Is America's Unhappiest City

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/23/2014 | 02:30 PM EDT

The city that never sleeps is also the city with the least happy residents

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it’s also the city with the least happy people, according to a new data.


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A study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that New York is the unhappiest city in America. The data was taken from a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which asked respondents how satisfied with their lives, and subsequently crunched the data for factors like race, education, marital status and family size.


The results determined that New York, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Milwaukee and Detroit are, in that order, America’s least happy cities.


For those who may wonder such unhappy people wouldn’t just leave the city they reside if they’re so unhappy, researchers say one’s degree of happiness is determined by many factors.


“Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness,” said researcher Joshua Gottlieb said in the report.


“Researchers and policymakers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective,” he added.


The city with the happiest campers is Richmond, Va., followed by Norfolk, Va., Washington, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Atlanta.


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New York remains the most expensive city in the United States, with its cost of living being 120.4 percent higher than the national average. Currently, the city’s population is 8.3 million and its median income is $51,865.


(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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