View of downtown from Grandview Avenue. Photo by Brian Cohen

“Quit whining, yinz. Pittsburgh’s got too much going for it to be depressed,” says Time Magazine.

The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research somehow found Pittsburgh to be the second least happy metropolis in the U.S. behind New York. While the author, former Pittsburgh resident Bill Saporito, agrees that New Yorkers have plenty of reasons to be unhappy, he finds the Pittsburgh ranking hard to believe.

“You gotta be kidding me. Pittsburgh doesn’t know from unhappy,” writes Saporito. “I’ve lived there. These are not people who behave as though they are miserable. Pittsburghers are so darn nice you could scream. You want to make a left turn against traffic? Go ahead, don’t even bother to stop because the driver opposite will be waving you across. Why? Because Pittsburghers aren’t in a mad rush to get somewhere. They don’t have to fight for anything. You want to go to a baseball game or a symphony? No problem, there are always tickets, and parking isn’t a hassle. Want to leave town? Easy. Pittsburgh has an airport that’s actually pleasant, if underused, while New York has three area airports that aren’t good enough to qualify as UN refugee camps.”

He goes on to rave about our cost of living and what we’ve gone through to get where we are today.

We all know Pittsburgh has been showing up on all kinds of lists lately, but as the author tells Pittsburghers, “…don’t even think about taking over our spot as the nation’s leading whiners. You’re too nice. Your city is too livable.”

All true. We had no idea we were unhappy in the first place but we feel better now.

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Ryan Hoffman

A recent grad of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Ryan also has a degree in journalism. He has a passion for innovative ideas in Pittsburgh, green urban spaces, music and the outdoors. Thus far, Ryan has lived as a musician and freelance writer and works for the Hear Me project at the CREATE Lab at CMU, with hopes of changing policy based on the ideas of young people.