Is Dunedin a Frown Town?

A national magazine has ranked two cities in the Tampa Bay area as the saddest in the country.


When it comes to unemployment and suicide rates, it seems the Tampa Bay area leads the nation. At least, that’s according to a story recently released by Men’s Health Magazine.

St. Petersburg ranks as America’s saddest city in the report, and Tampa came in a close fourth. The magazine used figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to arrive at its conclusions.

As the Tampa Bay area takes a beating on the national level, we want to know what you think about our own little piece of the regional pie.

Is Dunedin a frown town, or is it a great place to live? If you love it, tell us what makes it so special. If you hate it, we want to know why.

-Ed Harris- November 30, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Dunedin is a great place to live, work and a great place to be from. I saw this story pop up yesterday and laughed because it is so great to be here and always has been. I can only speak about Clearwater and northward since I have never lived south of Drew St. Growing up in Dunedin was like growing up in a story book, everybody knew everybody and most did not lock their doors, a bit like a Norman Rockwell painting, when my Grandad moved here from Central Florida prior to World War 2 the town was not all that different than today, a little smaller but much has remained the same in Dunedin such as it's charm and small town feeling, the one true constant would be the great people of Dunedin. I really don't know of anywhere I would rather be.
Billy Hunter November 30, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I don't think so I was born in Dunedin actually outside the city limits on Pinehurst Rd, where the Dunedin High School now stands, progress must move on, most of the neighborhood is still there though, just changed a little, and a few of the old businesses have gone also, But Dunedin is still and will always be my home town, even though I live in Clearwater, I visit quite often for the nostalgia of seeing some of the old places, like the old icehouse /gas station on the corner of Douglas and Main that is now a bar.
Marc K. Banks November 30, 2011 at 09:56 PM
I've lived in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut in the past year. I think I'll stay in Dunedin. When I post photos online or send them to friends elsewhere, they invariably tell me they wish they were here...or they invite themselves for a visit, haha! This town is a gem. And it only keeps getting better.
Katie Dolac November 30, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Well ... You DO take great photos! http://dunedin.patch.com/articles/sunday-sunset-sinking-into-the-horizon#photo-6393839 (P.S. Don't quote me on this, but I think someone with your name has a sunset in the lineup this weekend!)
John Dolac December 01, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Dunedin makes me smile.
Bob Turner December 01, 2011 at 02:18 AM
I like Dunedin because it's not Tampa, St. Pete or Clearwater.
Alex Tiegen December 01, 2011 at 04:52 AM
I concur, and I don't even live in Dunedin.
Brenda & Keith Arvidson December 01, 2011 at 01:52 PM
We found Dunedin a few months ago, while visiting the area. We fell in love with it, There is always something to do, concerts, arts & crafts and the Green market going on every weekend and its all FREE ! We sold our home in Atlanta and moved here one month ago. Every time we leave the house, we say pinch me, this is to good to be true.
Joanna D'Ordine December 01, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I moved to Dunedin almost 20 years ago in 1992. I watched the Downtown grow to what we enjoy it as today with it's quaint and eclectic atmosphere. The various restaurants and shops, the live music venues, and being a waterfront community makes this the perfect place to live! Dunedin offers something for everyone, how can anyone be sad living in this "Delightful" little town. :)
Laurie Suarez December 01, 2011 at 03:01 PM
We've lived in downtown Dunedin exactly two years today! It seemed like a wonderful place when we visited, but the truth is, life in Dunedin has far exceeded my expectations! Many, many years ago, I wrote a paper on utopias. Little did I know that I would be living in one!
Rebecca Wellborn December 01, 2011 at 07:35 PM
I moved to Dunedin from Atlanta in January, and it is a breath of fresh air. Relaxed, friendly, non-pretentious people surrounded by natural beauty, wildlife, and just the right mix of arts and culture. Sure, the real estate business is just as tough here -- but watching the sun melt into Hurricane Pass for a few minutes each day makes it much more bearable.
Bella Romain December 02, 2011 at 12:35 AM
I agree. My husband and I have lived in New York, Georiga, New Mexico, Arizona, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Although we moved to Dunedin only 5 months ago, we love it and consider it our "forever home" now. I have been welcomed by other artists, and my husband and I have biked, hiked, and soon wiil kayak in this incredible area. We feel so fortunate to have found this special place.
Annie Welker December 02, 2011 at 05:57 AM
Totally I agree...I don't consider Dunedin, Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater blablabla, here is a special town that is magical, ideal for retirement. I felt in love with its natural beauty since the 1st day I came last year & start residing here by accident. Now U'll have to take me out cremated. I don't believe in magazine I bet they have never ever come @ least once to see & know the area. Dunedin is Super!
Lindsay Sansone January 03, 2013 at 04:28 AM
my husband and i live in Connecticut now, we are from Northern NY and we are looking to relocate to tampa area. i've been reading good things about Dunedin. We are going to be starting a family within a couple years and want to know if Dunedin is a good place to raise a family. good schools? low crime? that sort of thing.
Dana Leyland June 29, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I am considering moving to Dunedin from Colorado. I want to live in a small town at sea level with friendly people and easy access to cycling and the water. Also appreciate a healthy lifestyle community...healthy food and activities. Any import from locals would be appreciated. Thanks!
Laurie Suarez June 29, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Please see all the comments above. I made one of them after living in Dunedin for two years. Now we've lived here for three and a half years, and it just keeps getting better and better. I can't imagine a little city that would better match your criteria. c Come visit, and see. Chances are that you will all in love as well.


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