Study Finds Texas Has Four of the "WORST" Cities In The US For Mental Health

Image of the worst U.S Cities for mental health

Elaine Danes

Release Date

Thursday, December 2, 2021


CertaPet recently released a study that focuses on the Best & Worst US Cities for Mental Health. They found that Dallas, Texas is the "Worst" US City for Mental Health with a score of 23.5. Three more cities in Texas made it to the list of the top 10 worst cities in the USA for mental health. They are Houston (scoring 23.7), San Antonia (24.9), and Austin (26.5).

The team at CertaPet was able to rank the 50 most popular cities using these 7 weighing factors: 

  • Therapy Session Rate by State (Weight: 2.00),
  • Total Prescription Charges by State (Weight: 1.75)
  • Mandatory Treatment Laws Grade by State (Score) (Weight: 1.00)
  • Criminalization of Mental Illness by State (Score) (Weight: 1.00)
  • Number of Residents per 1 Mental Health Provider by County (Weight: 1.50)
  • Poor Mental Health Days by County (Weight: 1.50)
  • Overall Community Wellbeing (Weight: 1.25)


Key Findings:

  • Texans pay $23,370192,711 annually for prescription medication.
  • 4 Florida cities made it to the list for the top 10 “worst” US cities for mental Health. Jacksonville, FL ranks #3 as the worst city scoring 24.5. Tampa, FL ranks #5 as the worst city scoring 25.0. Orlando, FL ranks #6 as the worst city scoring 25.6. Miami, FL ranks #8 at 26.1.
  • Therapy in Florida costs $142 per session on average.
  • Miami has only one mental health provider per 590 residents while Tampa only has one per 550 residents.
  • Denver, CO is the Best City for Mental Health.
  • Denver County features one mental health provider per 170 residents, taking care not only relatively cheap but also accessible to the masses.
  • Salt Lake City, UT placed 2nd Best City for mental health with a city score of 37.4.
  • Minneapolis, MN is the 3rd best city for mental health with a city score of 36.9.
  • Seattle, WA, and Hartford, CT, tie for third as well with scores of 36.9.
  • Minnesota joins every other state in incarcerating more individuals with severe mental illness than it hospitalizes

To view the full results, click here.

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