The Unhappiest Cities In America Are Actually Really Beautiful

07/25/2014 07:35 am ET | Updated Jul 25, 2014

Last week, the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper titled "Unhappy Cities", which revealed the least happy cities in America.

We know the happiest states in America also happen to be the prettiest. But did you know that some of the least happy big cities are also quite beautiful?

If you live in one of these unhappy cities, perhaps a little exploration should be in your future. There's so much beauty around you!

Below, check out these gorgeous photos of the 10 unhappiest metropolitan areas with a popular greater than 1 million.

10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunset over downtown Philadelphia from the Ben Franklin Bridge.

9. Buffalo, New York
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Buffalo Waterfront

8. Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Las Vegas skyline at dusk

7. St. Louis, Missouri
An evening view of the Gateway Arch

6. Indianapolis, Indiana
The Indiana State Capitol Building

5. Detroit, Michigan
A colorful view of the Detroit skyline

4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
A view of the Milwaukee skyline

3. Louisville, Kentucky
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A view of the Louisville skyline from across the Ohio River

2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh skyline

1. New York City, New York
A view of the Empire State Building and the New York City skyline

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