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When I go shopping for a city, I will refer to this guide. Thanks, Answer Lady!
1 posted on 11/30/2011 8:16:01 AM PST by equaviator
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To: equaviator

Let’s fix that formatting.

100. St. Petersburg, FL F
99. Detroit, MI F
98. Memphis, TN F
97. Tampa, FL F
96. Louisville, KY F
95. St. Louis, MO F
94. Birmingham, AL F
93. Miami, FL F
92. Reno, NV F
91. Las Vegas, NV F

90. Toledo, OH F
89. Bakersfield, CA F
88. Jacksonville, FL F
87. Atlanta, GA F
86. Winston-Salem, NC F
85. Sacramento, CA F
84. Cincinnati, OH D-
83. Phoenix, AZ D-
82. Orlando, FL D-
81. Washington, DC D-

80. Wilmington, DE D-
79. Greensboro, NC D-
78. Jackson, MS D-
77. Columbia, SC D
76. Newark, NJ D
75. Fresno, CA D
74. Cleveland, OH D
73. Kansas City, MO D
72. Chicago, IL D
71. Riverside, CA D

70. Albuquerque, NM D
69. Portland, OR D
68. Richmond, VA D
67. Tucson, AZ D
66. Milwaukee, WI D
65. Los Angeles, CA D+
64. Denver, CO D+
63. Colorado Springs, CO D+
62. Providence, RI D+
61. Oakland, CA D+

60. Philadelphia, PA D+
59. Nashville, TN D+
58. El Paso, TX D+
57. Charlotte, NC D+
56. Aurora, CO D+
55. Little Rock, AR D+
54. Charleston, WV D+
53. Stockton, CA C-
52. Baltimore, MD C-
51. Baton Rouge, LA C-

50. Indianapolis, IN C-
49. Houston, TX C-
48. Dallas, TX C-
47. Seattle, WA C-
46. Fort Wayne, IN C-
45. Boise City, ID C-
44. New Orleans, LA C-
43. Fort Worth, TX C-
42. Norfolk, VA C
41. Tulsa, OK C

40. Pittsburgh, PA C
39. New York, NY C
38. Bridgeport, CT C
37. Buffalo, NY C
36. Columbus, OH C
35. Corpus Christi, TX C
34. San Diego, CA C
33. San Antonio, TX C+
32. Wichita, KS C+
31. Santa Ana, CA C+

30. Cheyenne, WY C+
29. Lubbock, TX C+
28. Billings, MT C+
27. Oklahoma City, OK B-
26. Anchorage, AK B-
25. Laredo, TX B-
24. Durham, NC B-
23. Salt Lake City, UT B-
22. Lexington, KY B-
21. Raleigh, NC B-

20. San Francisco, CA B
19. Austin, TX B
18. Jersey City, NJ B
17. Des Moines, IA B
16. Portland, ME B
15. San Jose, CA B
14. Minneapolis, MN B+
13. Chesapeake, VA B+
12. Virginia Beach, VA A-
11. Lincoln, NE A-
Blues-proof towns

10. Plano, TX A-
9. Burlington, VT A-
8. St. Paul, MN A-
7. Sioux Falls, SD A-
6. Madison, WI A-
5. Boston, MA A-
4. Omaha, NE A
3. Fargo, ND A
2. Manchester, NH A
1. Honolulu, HI A+


2 posted on 11/30/2011 8:22:50 AM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.)
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To: equaviator
city dwellers living near parks and gardens were 25 percent less likely to be diagnosed with depression

Housing costs increase exponentially as you get closer to parks...in other words, they're testing for affluence without realizing it.

3 posted on 11/30/2011 8:25:37 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: equaviator
Before I even got to the end of the article I was thinking that the most depressing areas to me were those areas that are flat and treeless.

I have never liked areas where you can see for miles and nothing seems to change in the scenery.

4 posted on 11/30/2011 8:26:59 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: equaviator

Without researching I’ll guess the vast majority are “blue”, too.


5 posted on 11/30/2011 8:27:34 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: equaviator
The people of St. Pete also have the darkest clouds hanging over their heads.

That's a weird case of deja vu. Back in the mid-'50s a was hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck going through St. Pete. We got out to grab some coffee and even though it was a bright sunny day, I got the feeling of a pall of gloom over the place. There were all these old people sitting on benches and staring. It looked like they were just waiting to die and it creeped me out.

Years later we were at an RV park when a big bus-type motor home pulled in and the typical "little-ole-lady-in-tennis-shoes" steps down out of the drivers seat. Wife and I remarked was a difference between old people then and now. Maybe nothing has changed in St. Pete.

6 posted on 11/30/2011 8:30:40 AM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: equaviator
Dutch researchers found that city dwellers living near parks and gardens were 25 percent less likely to be diagnosed with depression than those with nary a patch of grass in sight. Study author Jolanda Maas, Ph.D., says that frequent exposure to nature may help people recover from the stress and mental fatigue of urban life.

Then why not go further and leave the city.

11 posted on 11/30/2011 10:11:30 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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