Men's Health declares St. Pete to be America's "Saddest City"

Tampa fans, don't despair. Your city was ranked 4th saddest in the nation.

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For those of you into comparing St. Pete with its larger neighbor across the bay, Tampa, well the Cigar City isn't far off the mark, coming in 4th in "Saddest Cities."

Here's the top (or bottom) 10:

100. St. Petersburg, FL F
99. Detroit, MI F
98. Memphis, TN F
97. Tampa, FL F
96. Louisville, KY F
95. St. Louis, MO F
94. Birmingham, AL F
93. Miami, FL F
92. Reno, NV F
91. Las Vegas, NV F

And the ten 10 "Blues Proof Cities" are as follows:
10. Plano, TX A-
9. Burlington, VT A-
8. St. Paul, MN A-
7. Sioux Falls, SD A-
6. Madison, WI A-
5. Boston, MA A-
4. Omaha, NE A
3. Fargo, ND A
2. Manchester, NH A
1. Honolulu, HI A+


St. Petersburg has come a long way in recent years. Beach Drive's recent renaissance has made downtown a much cooler place — but not quite enough for the editors of Men's Health, who have dubbed St. Pete America's Saddest City in their December issue.

To determine the rankings, the monthly mag calculated suicide rates (courtesy of the CDC) and unemployment rates as of this past June from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They then plugged into the website SimplyMap for the percentage of households in each city that use antidepressants, as well as the number of people who "report feeling the blues all or most of the time."

From the magazine:

If you want record-setting sunshine, St. Petersburg is your city—it once soaked up a Guinness-certified 768 straight days of rays. But there's an asterisk: The people of St. Pete also have the darkest clouds hanging over their heads. We put America on the therapist's couch and discovered that not only is St. Petersburg our Saddest City, but Florida in general seems to be a depressing place to live.

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