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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A study released by the University of Vermont has surprising results for Monroe.

The study says that after going through over 10 million geo-tagged tweets, looking for key words from "lol" to "mad" to swear words, researchers ranked cities across the country from happiest to saddest.

Where does Monroe rank on that scale? Monroe is ranked in the top 5 most bummed out places in America. But are people surprised? Responses varied:

"I did find it somewhat shocking." Said Dr. Ned Jabour.

"Not necessarily." Said ULM student Tamarr Perdom.

So what makes Monroe so "bummy"? Many responses suggests Monroe just doesn't have a lot to offer for entertainment purposes. Others complain about the smell.

"you can smell the paper mill so I tweeted 'welcome back to Monroe where the smell welcomes us back.'" Said Hazel Perrens.

Dr. Ned Jabour, a therapist in Monroe, says Monroe may not be the most bummed city in the world but it also may not live up to the standards of the younger crowd.

"I think it's born out of dissatisfaction to the point where their needs weren't met and they're going to gripe about it and let everyone know about it." Dr. Jabour explained.

Although a majority of tweets come from younger people, some of the students say they're surprised by the study and that the negative tweets aren't coming from them.

"I do tweet, it's not all negative I wouldn't say." Said Purdom.

"I think Monroe is a great place, just like anywhere, it's what you make it. I think if you're a negative person, you'll live in a negative place and if you're a positive person you'll make the best of your situation." Said ULM student Zack Ham. 

So what would make Monroe a better place? Answers ranging from new hiking trails to more outdoor activities. On the other end of the spectrum, people ask for updates to the bowling alley and adding paint ball ranges. One positive response was Monroe already offers something that surrounding areas don't with the River Market.

Read the full report on the study [NOTE: 11MB PDF FILE].

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