The 50 Most Depressed Cities in the America

Places that need a pick-me-up.

The 50 Most Depressed Cities in the America

Places that need a pick-me-up.

As the cliché goes, misery loves company. Spend enough time with unhappy people, and you’re likely to adopt their Eeyore outlook. Hang out with divorced people, and it increases the likelihood that your marriage ends. Unfortunately, that logic appears to extend to city-size proportions. If you live in a place where mental health is low and unemployment rates are high, there’s a decent chance you will find your own life satisfaction taking a dip.

We know this because we’ve scoured America and discovered that there are definitely cities that aren’t nearly as happy and perky as they should be. More specifically, we looked tons of data on the 200 largest cities in the U.S., analyzing everything from the U.S. Census data including divorce and unemployment rates to the changes in earnings over a three-year period (with the expectation that a net-decrease in wealth will ding one’s morale). We also studied Gallup and Sharecare’s Well-Being Index and various mental health statistics from the CDC. With that in mind, we created a proprietary “Misery Score.” So read on, and see if your town needs a pick-me-up. And for more great city grades, check out the 50 Most Sleepless Cities in America.

Montgomery, drunkest cities, miserable cities

50
Montgomery, AL

Unemployment Rate: 9.20%
Divorce Rate: 12.5%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 5.51%
Well-Being Index Score: 59.80
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.50
Misery Score:  70.4

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Tampa, fittest cities, drunkest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, best job opportunities, sleepless cities, miserable cities

49
Tampa, FL

Unemployment Rate: 10.60%
Divorce Rate: 13.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 6.15%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.40
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.90
Misery Score: 70.8

Kansas City, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes, miserable cities

48
Kansas City, KS

Unemployment Rate: 11.40%
Divorce Rate: 13.0%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -2.83%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.90
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.70
Misery Score: 71

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Hialeah, Florida, Miami, worst singles scenes, miserable cities

47
Hialeah, FL

Unemployment Rate: 11.80%
Divorce Rate: 11.3%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -0.46%
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 71.4

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46
New Orleans, LA

Unemployment Rate: 10.30%
Divorce Rate: 12.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 5.65%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.40
Misery Score: 71.4

Clarksville, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, best job opportunities, miserable cities

45
Clarksville, TN

Unemployment Rate: 10.20%
Divorce Rate: 12.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -0.30%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.30
Misery Score: 71.6

Spokane, fittest cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities, MISERABLE CITIES

44
Spokane, WA

Unemployment Rate: 9.00%
Divorce Rate: 15.4%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 5.21%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.80
Misery Score: 71.6

Sacramento, happiest cities, fittest cities, rent, property, best job opportunities, sleepless cities, best sports fans

43
Sacramento, CA

Unemployment Rate: 12.30%
Divorce Rate: 11.9%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 2.68%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.20
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.90
Misery Score: 71.8

Reno, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, worst drinking water, miserable cities

42
Reno, NV

Unemployment Rate: 8.40%
Divorce Rate: 15.6%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -3.27%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.50
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 72

Cincinnati, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, sleepless cities, best drinking water, best sports fans, miserable cities

41
Cincinnati, OH

Unemployment Rate:12.50%
Divorce Rate: 12.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 3.58%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.80
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.60
Misery Score: 72

Vancouver, happiest cities, fittest cities, miserable cities

40
Vancouver, WA

Unemployment Rate: 9.50%
Divorce Rate: 15.5%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 3.14%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.00
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.70
Misery Score: 72.2

Baltimore, drunkest cities, fattest cities, longest commutes, commute, rent, property, best job opportunities, sleepless cities, best drinking water, best sports fans, miserable cities

39
Baltimore, MD

Unemployment Rate: 13.10%
Divorce Rate: 11.0%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 7.17%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.00
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 72.2

Eugene, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, miserable cities

38
Eugene, OR

Unemployment Rate: 9.40%
Divorce Rate: 12.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.95%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.70
Misery Score: 72.4

Rochester, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, sleepless cities, MISERABLE CITIES

37
Rochester, NY

Unemployment Rate: 13.80%
Divorce Rate: 10.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -1.47%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.00
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.90
Misery Score: 72.4

St. Petersburg Florida, miserable cities

36
St Petersburg, FL

Unemployment Rate: 8.90%
Divorce Rate: 15.4%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 4.41%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.40
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 72.6

Stockton, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, best job opportunities, miserable cities

35
Stockton, CA

Unemployment Rate: 15.20%
Divorce Rate: 10.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -2.55%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.50
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.70
Misery Score: 72.8

Savannah, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, sleepless cities, best drinking water, miserable cities

34
Savannah, GA

Unemployment Rate: 12.30%
Divorce Rate: 13.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 2.09%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.70
Misery Score: 73

Indianapolis, drunkest cities, fattest cities, flip, rent, property, sleepless cities, best sports fans, miserable cities

33
Indianapolis, IN

Unemployment Rate: 10.20%
Divorce Rate: 13.8%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 1.49%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 73.2

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32
Tacoma, WA

Unemployment Rate: 10.10%
Divorce Rate: 15.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 1.69%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.00
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.80
Misery Score: 73.4

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31
Philadelphia, PA

Unemployment Rate: 13.90%
Divorce Rate: 9.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 3.91%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.20
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.60
Misery Score: 73.6

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30
Jackson, MS

Unemployment Rate: 12.10%
Divorce Rate: 12.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 1.58%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.40
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 73.8

springfield, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, sleepless cities

29
Springfield, MO

Unemployment Rate: 8.20%
Divorce Rate: 16.3%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 2.08%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 74.2

28
Columbus, GA

Unemployment Rate: 11.00%
Divorce Rate: 13.8%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual*: 3.31%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.20
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.10
Misery Score: 74

Jacksonville, fattest cities, drunkest cities, flip a house, rent, property, best job opportunities, sleepless cities, best sports fans, miserable cities

27
Jacksonville, FL

Unemployment Rate: 10.30%
Divorce Rate: 13.9%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 1.05%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.20
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.30
Misery Score: 74

miserable cities

26
Bridgeport, CT

Unemployment Rate: 16.00%
Divorce Rate: 10.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 3.77%
Well-Being Index Score: 63.20
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.50
Misery Score: 74.4

Mobile, drunkest cities, fattest cities, miserable cities

25
Mobile, AL

Unemployment Rate: 10.60%
Divorce Rate: 13.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -1.14%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.50
Misery Score: 74.6

Tucson, drunkest cities, flip a house, rent, property, sleepless cities, miserable cities

24
Tucson, AZ

Unemployment Rate: 11.20%
Divorce Rate: 14.4%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.61%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.90
Misery Score: 74.6

miami fittest cities, flip a house, longest commutes, rent, property, best job opportunities, sleepless cities, best drinking water, best sports fans, miserable cities

23
Miami, FL

Unemployment Rate: 10.90%
Divorce Rate: 13.8%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 4.52%
Well-Being Index Score: 63.40
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 74.6

Salem, drunkest cities, best drinking water, miserable cities

22
Salem, OR

Unemployment Rate: 10.60%
Divorce Rate: 14.5%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -0.88%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.30
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.10
Misery Score: 74.8

Cape Coral, happiest cities, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, longest commutes, commute, best job opportunities, best drinking water, miserable cities

21
Cape Coral, FL 

Unemployment Rate: 11.30
Divorce Rate: 14.4%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.33%
Well-Being Index Score: 63.30
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.90
Misery Score: 74.8

fresno california sleepless cities, worst drinking water, miserable cities

20
Fresno, CA

Unemployment Rate: 14.30%
Divorce Rate: 11.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -1.13%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.10
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 74.8

Fayetteville, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, miserable cities

19
Fayetteville, NC

Unemployment Rate: 13.20%
Divorce Rate: 12.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -0.36%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.10
Misery Score: 75.2

Port St. Lucie, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, longest commutes, commute, best drinking water, miserable cities

18
Port St. Lucie, Fl

Unemployment Rate: 12.60%
Divorce Rate: 12.5%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 3.97%
Well-Being Index Score: 63.50
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 75.4

Chattanooga, fattest cities, best singles scenes, best job opportunities, sleepless cities, miserable cities

17
Chattanooga, TN

Unemployment Rate: 10.20%
Divorce Rate: 14.1%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 3.31%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.80
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.50
Misery Score: 75.6

Fort Lauderdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house, sleepless cities, best sports fans, miserable cities

16
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Unemployment Rate: 11.10%
Divorce Rate: 14.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.91%
Well-Being Index Score: 63.40
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 75.6

Newark, drunkest cities, longest commutes, best sports fans, miserable cities

15
Newark, NJ

Unemployment Rate: 18.40%
Divorce Rate: 9.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -1.17%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.50
Misery Score: 76.2

Las Vegas, happiest cities, drunkest cities, flip a house, rent, property, sleepless cities, miserable cities

14
Las Vegas, NV

Unemployment Rate: 11.80%
Divorce Rate: 14.9%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -1.76%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.80
Misery Score: 76.2

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13
Memphis, TN

Unemployment Rate: 12.30%
Divorce Rate: 12.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 2.24%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.50
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.60
Misery Score: 76.6

miserable cities

12
Springfield, MA

Unemployment Rate: 13.30%
Divorce Rate: 11.3%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.83%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.10
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.60
Misery Score: 76.8

Buffalo, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, sleepless cities, best sports fans, miserable cities

11
Buffalo, NY

Unemployment Rate: 11.20%
Divorce Rate: 16.0%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 1.74%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.90
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.80
Misery Score: 77.2

Modesto, happiest cities, longest commutes, commute, miserable cities

10
Modesto, CA

Unemployment Rate: 14.80%
Divorce Rate: 11.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 1.12%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.40
Mental Health Days: 4.1
Misery Score: 77.6

akron Ohio, sleepless cities, miserable cities

9
Akron, OH

Unemployment Rate: 12.60%
Divorce Rate: 14.4%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 2.19%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 78

San Bernardino, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, miserable cities

8
San Bernadino, CA

Unemployment Rate: 16.60%
Divorce Rate: 10.6%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -3.83%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.10
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 78.4

Worst drinking water

7
Rockford, IL

Unemployment Rate: 14.90%
Divorce Rate: 13.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -3.01%
Well-Being Index Score: 59.90
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.80
Misery Score: 80

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6
Birmingham AL

Unemployment Rate: 13.30%
Divorce Rate: 15.2%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -0.28%
Well-Being Index Score: 62.00
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 81

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5
Toledo, OH

Unemployment Rate: 13.70%
Divorce Rate: 14.9%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.42%
Well-Being Index Score: 59.80
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.20
Misery Score: 82.4

miserable cities

4
Macon, GA

Unemployment Rate: 18.70%
Divorce Rate: 12.3%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 6.58%
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.10
Misery Score: 86.6

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3
Dayton, OH

Unemployment Rate: 14.70%
Divorce Rate: 15.7%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 0.43%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.60
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.40
Misery Score: 87.2

Cleveland, Ohio, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, best sports fans, miserable cities

2
Cleveland, OH

Unemployment Rate: 18.50%
Divorce Rate: 14.4%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: 7.21%
Well-Being Index Score: 61.00
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.00
Misery Score: 89.8

Detroit, worst singles scenes, fattest cities, rent, property

1
Detroit, MI

Unemployment Rate: 24.90%
Divorce Rate: 12.0%
Three-Year Change in Earnings Per Individual: -2.77%
Well-Being Index Score: 60.70
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.30
Misery Score: 99.6

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