The 10 Most Miserable Cities In America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In a yearly survey, Gallup ranks American cities according to their "well-being," with the bottom of the list being the most miserable cities in the country.

The survey averages the life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic needs of the people in each city. It may not be a perfect method, but it's the best method we have to determine which cities are the most miserable. A perfect well-being score is 100, although most of the cities on this list are closer to 60.

The data is from phone surveys conducted in 2013, and also includes stats on the obesity rate of each city as well as the percentage of people who exercise frequently, eat produce frequently, smoke, deal with daily stress, and are uninsured.

10.  Evansville, IN

Tenth on the list is Evansville with a score of 62.9, though its overall score is tied for eighth.. More than half of the city, 55.8%, reports dealing with daily stress, 18.2% is uninsured, and 29.4% of all residents smoke. Only 48.7% of the city exercises daily, 55.3% eats produce frequently, and 28.6% is obese.

Evansville improved its position from last year when it was number eight with a well-being score of 63.1.

9.  Mobile, AL

Mobile is ninth on the list, scoring a 62.9 on Gallup's well-being index, the same overall score as the eitghth spot on the list. According to the survey, 60.1% of the city deals with daily stress, 19.3% is uninsured, and 22.8% smokes. Less than half, 48.8% of those who responded to the survey, exercise frequently, 56.9% eat produce frequently, and 31.3% are obese.

Last year Mobile was third on the list with a score of 62.4.

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8.  Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

Shreveport-Bossier City comes in at eighth with a well-being score of 62.9. According to the report, 30.7% of the city is obese, only 45.6% exercise frequently, and 54.2% report eating produce frequently. The city deals with a lot of stress, as 60.6% report daily stress, 24.3% are uninsured, and 24.6% of the city smokes.

7.  Columbus, GA

Columbus comes in at seventh with an over well-being rating of 62.3. Of those who responded to Gallup's survey, 32.5% are obese, and 49.8% exercise frequently. According to Gallup, 20.4% of the people in the city are uninsured, 54.3% eat produce frequently, and 27.3% smoke.

6.  Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

Sixth on this list, but tied for fourth in overall rating, Beaumont-Port Arthur has an overall well-being score of 62.2 According to the survey, 31.2% of the city is obese, while 26.1% of the population smokes. Less than half of the city, 49.8% to be precise, exercises frequently, and 54.3% said they eat produce frequently. The city has one of the highest percentages of people dealing with stress, with 61.2% reporting daily stress.

Beaumont-Port Arthur's score fell from last year's 62.5 score, although it did move up a few spots from last year's fourth place.

5.  Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

Fifth on the list is Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, though it is actually tied with several other cities an overall well-being score of 62.2. According to Gallup, 23.2% of people living in the area are uninsured, only 48.1% exercise frequently, and 54.6% eat produce frequently.

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is in the same fifth place spot it held in the 2012 survey, though last year it scored 62.7.

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4.  Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg is tied for fourth on this list with an overall well-being score of 62.2. The South Carolinian city has a relatively high percentage of smokers, with 27.4% of survey respondents saying they smoke. The survey also shows that 58.9% of the city experiences daily stress, and 30% are obese.

Spartanburg fell to fourth on the list from its number 10 spot last year. In 2012 it scored slightly higher with 63.4.

3.  Redding, CA

Redding is the only city in California to make the list of the most miserable cities, and the only city on the list on the West Coast. The city makes the list despite California being one of the highest-scoring states in the Gallup poll. Redding comes in third with an overall well-being rating of 62.

2.  Charleston, WV

Charleston, WV is second on the list with an overall well-being score of 60. According to Gallup's poll 54% of the city's residents deal with daily stress, 34% smoke, and 21.3% are uninsured. The city ranks last among all cities surveyed in healthy behaviors, which tracks smoking, exercise frequency, diet, and produce consumption, with a score of 58.2.

Charleston moved up to number two from its first place spot last year, despite its score dropping from 60.8.

1.  Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

The Huntington-Ashland region tops the list as the only city in the survey with a well-being score below 60. According to Gallup, the city has a well-being index of 59.5. Huntington-Ashland scored the worst in life evaluation with a score of 34.6, emotional health with a score of 73.1, and physical health with a score of 66.2.

Last year, Huntington-Ashland was second place on this list with a well-being score of 61.2.

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