Shreveport Ranks As One Of The Unhappiest Cities In America
The happiness of Shreveport is probably something that's difficult to estimate. If you talk to locals, and "take the temperature" of the community, you would get an idea of the general happiness of the area. So anyone who works or lives in the Shreveport area probably has an idea of the general happiness of the community, and probably won't be surprised by this info.
The folks over at WalletHub have put together another national ranking list, this time on "happiness". Today they released their 2018 Happiest Cities in America list. How did they quantify community happiness? Here's what they wrote:
"As this study aims to illustrate, moving to a certain city may help you be more content. WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. We examined each city based on 28 key indicators of happiness, ranging from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day."
So this that criteria, where does Shreveport rank?
The study puts Shreveport at 172 out of 182 cities. The only cities that rated below Shreveport were Cleveland, Columbus (GA), Mobile, Wilmington (DE), Charleston (WV), Little Rock, Gulfport, Huntington (WV), Birmingham, and Detroit.
For reference, New Orleans ranked #148, Baton Rouge ranked #153, Plano (TX) ranked #5, Austin ranked #21, Dallas ranked #81, and various other Texas communities ranked inside the Top 75.
Even though Shreveport rated low overall, they did not land in the bottom 5 for Highest Depression Rate, Lowest Adequate Sleep Rate, Highest Suicide Rate, or Lowest Income Growth.