ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to a new study there are more sad people per capita in Albany than almost any city in the country. Researchers used tweets to measure the mood of people across the United States and what they found in Albany is pretty depressing.
Albany's a small city but some people say attractions such as the Riverquarium, the Ray Charles plaza, and downtown keep the place vivid.
Layne Tumlin says there is no place like home for him. "Albany is home. I wouldn't imagine being anywhere else. I did leave and come back I left for a few years, about eight, and traveled. Got it out of my system, but the whole time I was gone, I kept thinking about home," said Tumlin.
Researchers at the University of Vermont conducted a study that found just the opposite. After combing through millions of tweets from cities all over the country, and studying key words used in those tweets, they concluded Albany is one of the saddest places in the country.
Some folks say those who aren't happy here aren't opening themselves up to what the town has to offer.
"You would find people that you don't know. You speak to strangers, just being polite and generous. A lot of times you get that favor back, but if you're not exposing yourself and opening yourself up to people that you don't know, then your keeping yourself in a shell," said Henry Coleman, a resident of Albany.
Heather Strickland says despite the bad rap the town gets for crime, she believes in the progress of the city. "People are putting a lot of hard work and effort into a lot of areas of Albany, and improvement in Albany, like the downtown area especially," said Strickland.
A lot of folks have spent most of their lives in Albany, and they enjoy the pace of the place. "It's big enough to have health care and a mall, and access to things, but it's also small enough that there are no lines at the grocery store, at the post office. You can run in and buy stamps or whatever," said Tumlin.
The people mentioned above hope their pride in the city will rub off on others who may think twice before sending out a downer of a tweet.