Two Georgia cities among the least happy cities in the country, study finds

Credit: Christopher Furlong

Credit: Christopher Furlong

If you live in either Augusta or Columbus, Georgia, chances are you're not as happy as residents of the nation's other large cities, according to a new ranking from personal finance website WalletHub.

In fact, according to WalletHub's 2017 "Happiest Places to Live" ranking released Monday, both Columbus and Augusta are among the 10 least happy cities in the country.

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To come up with the study, WalletHub analysts compared the nation’s 150 largest cities across three key dimensions: emotional/physical well being, income/employment and community/environment.

Using data from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three dimensions were evaluated based on 30 relevant metrics such as rates of depression, poverty rates, weather and more.

Eight of the top 10 happiest cities in America, according to WalletHub, are in California.

Fremont, California, earned top honors and Detroit came in dead last.

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Of the three Georgia cities on the list (Atlanta ranked No. 83), two were among the ten “least happy.”

Columbus, Georgia, with a total score of 38.62, came in at No. 145.

The city ranked No. 147 for the income/employment dimension, came in at No. 145 for emotional/physical well-being category and at No. 84 in community/environment.

In 2014, Columbus was also named the seventh most miserable community in a Gallup well-being poll, but has escaped the dreadful label in recent years, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

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Augusta, Georgia, at No. 148,  was followed only by Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit at the bottom of the list.

The home of one of Thrillist's 50 sandwiches you should eat before you die scored a total of 37 points and ranked 149th for emotional/physical well-being, came in at No. 138 for income/employment and at No. 134 in community/environment.

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Here are the 10 least happy cities in the nation, based on WalletHub's 2017 ranking:

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Augusta, Georgia
  4. Birmingham, Alabama
  5. Toledo, Ohio
  6. Columbus, Georgia
  7. Mobile, Alabama
  8. Shreveport, Louisiana
  9. Fayetteville, North Carolina
  10. Newark, New Jersey

More about the study and its methodology.