Why so blue?  According to a report from The Atlantic, Louisiana is the saddest state in the union.  The methodology, however, is a bit unique.  Rather than asking people across the country how happy they are, researchers took millions of tweets, used keywords to designate a positive or negative emotion, and then compiled the list.

Among the 373 largest cities in the country, our part of the nation was among the saddest.  Actually, Shreveport is the 4th saddest city in the entire nation, according to this report.  Right behind Shreveport in 5th is Monroe.

The report also notes that the Bible Belt is not as happy as the West Coast or New England.

Top Five Happiest States

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maine
  3. Nevada
  4. Utah
  5. Vermont

Five Least Happiest States

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Maryland
  4. Delaware
  5. Georgia

What is also notable about this list, though not really noted in the report, is the five happiest states are popular vacation spots for Americans, possibly playing a large role in why they may be happier areas.

The 10 Happiest Cities

  1. Napa, California
  2. Longmont, Colorado
  3. San Clemente, California
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  5. Santa Cruz, California
  6. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  7. Santa Rosa, California
  8. Simi Valley, California
  9. Lafayette, Colorado
  10. Asheville, North Carolina

The 10 Least Happiest Cities

  1. Beaumont, Texas
  2. Albany, Georgia
  3. Texas City, Texas
  4. Shreveport, Louisiana
  5. Monroe, Louisiana
  6. Memphis, Tennessee
  7. Battle Creek, Michigan
  8. Flint, Michigan
  9. Lima, Ohio
  10. Houma, Louisiana

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