Philadelphia most depressed city, according to Google searches
In what the author admits is a non-scientific study, Philadelphia has topped yet another not-so-great list: the most depressing place to live in the U.S. in 2011.
Published on PsychCentral.com, the study uses Google trends to determine the mood of an area by how many people from different areas searched the word “depression”and other commonly-searched depression terms, like “depression symptoms,” “depression test” and “depression treatment.”
Philadelphia residents entered these search terms more than any other city in the country over the past year. Pennsylvanians also entered these search terms more than any other state.
Other cities on the list included Dallas, which came in at number two, followed by Chicago and Minneapolis. Boston ranked the lowest out of the fifteen cities rated.
As far as states, Pennsylvania was followed by Kentucky, New Jersey and Indiana. North Carolina came in at number fifteen.