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Mayor Coleman smiles at St. Paul’s ranking on ‘Saddest Cities’ list

Men’s Health magazine is out with a crazy list that purports to quantify the “Saddest Cites” in the nation, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is pretty happy about it.

To come up with the ranking of 100 cities, the magazine calculated suicide rates, unemployment rates, the percentage of households that use antidepressants and the number of “people who report feeling the blues all or most of the time.”

St. Petersburg, Fla., was the saddest city, ranked No. 100.

But St. Paul made the Top Ten of happiest cities at No. 8.

Said Coleman:

 “It is no surprise Saint Paul is the 8th happiest city in America. Attending a Wild game in Feburary, walking through Rice Park during the holidays, or buying a tie at Heimie’s, it’s easy to see what makes Saint Paul such a special place to live, work and visit.”

Minneapolis is apparently a bit sadder place to live and work, coming in at No. 14; maybe because it might not get a Vikings stadium.

Here are the Happiest 10, with a letter grade from the magazine:

  • 1. Honolulu, HI A+
  • 2. Manchester, NH A
  • 3. Fargo, ND A
  • 4. Omaha, NE A
  • 5. Boston, MA A-
  • 6. Madison, WI A-
  • 7. Sioux Falls, SD A-
  • 8. St. Paul, MN A-
  • 9. Burlington, VT A-
  • 10. Plano, TX A-

And the 10 Saddest, with the magazine’s grade:

  • 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

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/03/2011 - 07:41 am.

    When I opened my last property tax statement I burst into tears.

  2. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 12/05/2011 - 01:00 pm.

    Then move!

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