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Philadelphia area listed as an 'unhappy' region

Five Pennsylvania towns were listed as 'unhappy' areas.

Scranton, Pennsylvania city hall. The Scranton region was named the unhappiest in the country. Credit: Wiki Commons. Scranton, Pennsylvania city hall. The Scranton region was named the unhappiest in the country. Credit: Wiki Commons.

It's not good when Harvard University points out your problems.

According to a study conducted at both Harvard and the University of British Columbia, five cities within the Pennsylvania borders are home to many unhappy people.

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The study, which identified the unhappiest regions in the country, released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, is based on a life-satisfaction survey. It's findings conclude that people are willing to forgo happiness for cheaper rents, lower mortgages and higher-paying jobs.

“Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness,” said study co-author Joshua Gottlieb in a news release. “This means that researchers and policy-makers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective.”

Under the heading, "The least happy American regions," Scranton was ranked No. 1, Erie ranked No. 3 and Johnstown came in at No. 6.

Under the "Top 10 unhappiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million (as of 2010)" heading, Philadelphia was ranked No. 10 and Pittsburgh ranked No. 2.

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