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.
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.