Evansville among 'most miserable' cities in U.S., poll says

Low exercise rates among reasons for ranking

INDIANAPOLIS - One Indiana city is on a top 10 list it would rather not be on.

A Gallup poll pegged Evansville as one of the top 10 most miserable cities in the U.S., coming in at No. 8 on that dubious list.

Evansville was ranked second-worst in the country in terms of healthy behavior. The city has one of the highest rates of smokers and among the lowest percentages of residents to eat healthy or exercise regularly.

Gallup said Evansville residents are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. About 30 percent of the city's residents are considered obese.

The results are based on phone interviews with a random sample of more than 353,000 U.S. residents.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke disagreed with the characterization of his city.

"I just find it insulting and outlandish," Winnecke told WTVW/WEHT. "We even called Gallup and asked them, 'How did you get that?' They couldn't tell us their methodology."

Charleston, W.Va. and Huntington, W.Va. were No. 1 and No. 2 on the list.
 

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