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Yahoo: Hickory Fifth "Most Miserable" U.S. City

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First, there were “15 Reasons Why Charlotte Is The Weirdest,” from the Huffington Post. Now, another local city has made a dubious online list.

Yahoo.com posted a gallery of America’s Most Miserable Cities, and the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro area was ranked fifth. The gallery was based on a survey conducted by Gallup-Healthways in 2012 and 2013.

The survey recorded the physical and emotional health of the residents, as well as financial, employment, and social indicators, among others. The resulting Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index allows for comparisons between places and over time.

The list pointed to the fact that the region had a higher-than-average percentage of people who considered themselves to be struggling. The survey also showed Hickory with the eighth lowest level of optimism among the 189 cities polled.

“Possibly adding to the unhappiness of residents was the area’s economy. The median household income was just $37,364 in 2012, among the lowest in the country.”

What do you think about the poll? Is it an accurate depiction or an over-analyzed data sample?

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