What are the worst places to live in Florida also the worst in the U.S.?
According to Men’s Health Magazine, Florida has some of the most “depressed” cities in the US.. It seems they did research and compiled facts from such sources as the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention for suicide rates and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for unemployment rates. They dug for information on how many people are on anti-depressant medication throughout the country. They pulled up information on how many people say they feel sad all the time or most of the time.
What they found may surprise many around the country especially anybody currently thinking of moving to Florida. It wouldn’t surprise regular readers of this blog. Three of the worst seven cities for “sadness” in the US are in Florida. Miami and Tampa are listed as 7th and 4th saddest but the saddest place in the US seems to be St Petersburg Florida according to the data.
What exactly lead to all the depression, suicide and taking more mind altering legal medication to combat depression was not part of the study. A troubled economy, home foreclosures and unemployment that are almost the worst in the US probably has something to do with it. Leaving a state you know and loved for one that you thought would improve your life, only to find out it wasn’t for you could be kind of depressing. If you bought a home in Florida for $250,000 five years ago and now it’s only worth $110,000, that may bring someone down. It would be especially depressing if they owe more on the mortgage than their homes is worth and want to leave but can’t sell.
There are of course those that live in Florida that are happy with life and their situation. There are benefits to living there, both the obvious and some that few are aware of. The bottom line is to do your homework before moving to Florida or anywhere to improve your chances of avoiding depressing circumstances. Over 1000 people a day are now moving out of Florida. More on the “sad” news here http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/magazine-says-st-petersburg-is-countrys-saddest-city-tampa-not-far-behind/1203866