Cheers and Jeers: National Surveys Find Southeast Michigan Sad, Booming, Smart

Cheers and Jeers: National Surveys Find Southeast Michigan Sad, Booming, Smart

Another day, another (wholly unscientific) survey from Men’s Health indicating Detroit is a crappy place to live. This time, they’ve named the Motor City the second saddest city in the United States; in August, the lad mag skewered residents of our fair city for not buying iPads fast enough.

This time around, they’ve created their list of top “frown towns” by culling suicide-rate data from the Centers for Disease Control and unemployment figures through June 2011 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also used SimplyMap to determine the percentage of households that use antidepressants, as well as the number of people who report feeling blue all or most of the time. So which cities, according to the Men’s Health methodology, were the happiest? Honolulu; Manchester, NH; and Fargo, ND.

Since this Detroiter, for one, doesn’t care to dwell in the negative, let’s take a look at some of the other headlines floating around lately:

So forget you, Men’s Health. I was stuck in Fargo for a day in the 1990s during a road trip from Michigan to Montana. What I remember about Fargo is the dearth of open prarie, ghost town streets, and that the best meal I ate there came from Subway. I think I’ll stay in Detroit.

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