2017’s Happiest Places to Live

2017’s Happiest Places to Live

The pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right of all people. The U.S. Declaration of Independence makes that very clear. But as everyone discovers at some point, happiness is not so easy to achieve — unless, perhaps, you’re in a place where it is not only a state of being but also a way of life.

Location indeed plays a hand in our pursuit of such an elusive condition. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy physique, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being. However, there’s a caveat on that last one: Wealth follows happiness — but only up to an income level of $75,000 a year. Any higher, and money ceases to influence a person’s contentment with life.

As this study aims to illustrate, we can either attain or merely aspire to a happy life, depending on where we choose to live. WalletHub’s data team drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among 150 of the largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. We examined each city based on 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day. Read on for our findings, methodology and expert commentary from a panel of researchers.

To see which states combine all the necessary components of happiness, check out WalletHub’s report on the Happiest States in America.

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Source: WalletHub

Happiest Places to Live

Overall Rank City Total Score ‘Emotional & Physical Well-Being’ Rank ‘Income & Employment’ Rank ‘Community & Environment’ Rank
1 Fremont, CA 77.55 2 1 1
2 San Jose, CA 75.79 1 3 15
3 Irvine, CA 70.99 5 9 6
4 San Francisco, CA 69.20 3 2 101
5 Sioux Falls, SD 67.63 10 21 3
6 Huntington Beach, CA 67.32 6 11 45
7 San Diego, CA 65.80 8 7 40
8 Oakland, CA 65.52 4 34 119
9 Santa Rosa, CA 65.29 20 15 23
10 Washington, DC 65.14 13 6 65
11 Chula Vista, CA 64.82 15 27 17
12 Santa Clarita, CA 64.79 17 29 29
13 Scottsdale, AZ 64.61 34 12 2
14 Garden Grove, CA 64.35 11 45 43
15 Madison, WI 64.28 28 13 22
16 Gilbert, AZ 63.87 37 4 9
17 Overland Park, KS 63.86 32 17 20
18 Anaheim, CA 63.48 14 37 62
19 Plano, TX 63.43 30 14 41
20 Glendale, CA 63.43 16 70 27
21 Seattle, WA 63.16 25 5 76
22 Austin, TX 63.01 12 33 74
23 Raleigh, NC 62.88 7 46 81
24 Minneapolis, MN 62.59 9 20 125
25 St. Paul, MN 62.43 19 38 80
26 Lincoln, NE 61.95 31 48 37
27 Oceanside, CA 61.83 18 80 36
28 Chandler, AZ 61.68 39 10 39
29 Aurora, CO 61.41 22 52 63
30 Peoria, AZ 60.86 49 22 8
31 Oxnard, CA 60.56 33 77 13
32 Honolulu, HI 60.35 29 19 108
33 Boise, ID 60.23 48 16 30
34 Grand Prairie, TX 60.22 57 36 4
35 Aurora, IL 59.94 42 62 10
36 Los Angeles, CA 59.91 24 49 97
37 Denver, CO 59.25 27 79 86
38 Tempe, AZ 59.12 44 24 68
39 Durham, NC 59.05 26 50 106
40 Long Beach, CA 59.05 21 95 110
41 Charlotte, NC 59.05 45 96 7
42 El Paso, TX 58.72 35 75 53
43 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 58.69 69 8 51
44 Cape Coral, FL 58.65 43 63 28
45 Santa Ana, CA 58.42 23 72 129
46 Colorado Springs, CO 58.41 65 41 16
47 Garland, TX 57.93 41 60 67
48 Des Moines, IA 57.90 36 91 72
49 Salt Lake City, UT 57.43 46 69 48
50 Irving, TX 57.33 50 31 93
51 Omaha, NE 57.27 47 57 70
52 Yonkers, NY 57.25 38 55 123
53 Mesa, AZ 57.12 52 47 71
54 Fort Worth, TX 57.06 61 88 25
55 Boston, MA 56.93 40 25 126
56 Grand Rapids, MI 56.90 74 39 31
57 Orlando, FL 56.79 54 86 44
58 Virginia Beach, VA 56.32 67 81 33
59 Portland, OR 56.11 81 18 66
60 Port St. Lucie, FL 56.10 73 98 11
61 Anchorage, AK 56.08 55 53 107
62 Fontana, CA 56.03 89 30 24
63 Reno, NV 55.83 68 40 78
64 Riverside, CA 55.78 87 23 60
65 Pembroke Pines, FL 55.58 71 68 57
66 Chesapeake, VA 55.33 90 78 12
67 Jersey City, NJ 55.17 62 61 112
68 Henderson, NV 54.96 102 35 26
69 Arlington, TX 54.95 56 101 87
70 New York, NY 54.66 66 83 89
71 Nashville, TN 54.63 85 99 19
72 San Antonio, TX 54.55 79 71 54
73 Greensboro, NC 54.33 78 87 50
74 Huntsville, AL 54.29 94 89 18
75 Tacoma, WA 54.14 75 53 114
76 Tallahassee, FL 53.97 86 73 55
77 Glendale, AZ 53.93 59 106 109
78 Sacramento, CA 53.90 64 51 128
79 Laredo, TX 53.66 63 116 58
80 Kansas City, MO 53.52 82 65 79
81 Lubbock, TX 53.32 101 32 83
82 Moreno Valley, CA 53.03 95 85 46
83 Atlanta, GA 52.97 51 114 122
84 Tucson, AZ 52.70 72 110 75
85 Phoenix, AZ 52.67 60 115 118
86 Dallas, TX 52.62 53 103 135
87 Chicago, IL 52.57 58 120 116
88 Ontario, CA 52.57 92 64 103
89 Vancouver, WA 52.27 99 42 85
90 Lexington-Fayette, KY 52.11 96 92 61
91 Oklahoma City, OK 51.95 114 74 14
92 Albuquerque, NM 51.77 100 108 32
93 Winston-Salem, NC 51.69 83 112 73
94 Wichita, KS 51.51 91 90 117
95 Columbus, OH 51.47 106 102 38
96 Springfield, MO 51.23 115 28 99
97 Amarillo, TX 51.14 111 76 49
98 Spokane, WA 51.10 108 58 69
99 Pittsburgh, PA 50.67 109 44 102
100 Fort Wayne, IN 50.07 112 43 121
101 Modesto, CA 49.95 110 113 34
102 Brownsville, TX 49.90 84 143 56
103 Miami, FL 49.78 76 100 147
104 Houston, TX 49.77 70 133 131
105 Fort Lauderdale, FL 49.38 80 119 145
106 San Bernardino, CA 49.22 98 124 92
107 Las Vegas, NV 49.06 118 93 91
108 Stockton, CA 48.72 97 128 95
109 Chattanooga, TN 48.69 117 82 104
110 Richmond, VA 48.65 88 118 144
111 North Las Vegas, NV 48.64 128 94 64
112 Fresno, CA 48.43 93 141 98
113 Hialeah, FL 48.31 77 144 138
114 Bakersfield, CA 48.18 124 127 35
115 Newport News, VA 47.98 104 117 124
116 Jacksonville, FL 47.93 125 104 59
117 Providence, RI 47.73 129 59 90
118 Knoxville, TN 47.04 133 97 47
119 Baton Rouge, LA 46.69 123 56 140
120 Tampa, FL 46.65 121 125 88
121 Worcester, MA 46.60 120 84 137
122 St. Petersburg, FL 46.50 130 67 111
123 Milwaukee, WI 46.44 105 130 133
124 New Orleans, LA 46.40 143 107 5
125 Rochester, NY 46.18 103 140 130
126 Indianapolis, IN 45.92 134 123 42
127 Tulsa, OK 45.76 136 66 82
128 Montgomery, AL 45.33 122 137 94
129 Little Rock, AR 45.30 144 26 52
130 Baltimore, MD 45.07 113 121 139
131 Memphis, TN 45.06 119 139 115
132 Louisville, KY 44.95 138 132 21
133 Norfolk, VA 44.46 116 134 136
134 Corpus Christi, TX 44.14 135 109 96
135 Buffalo, NY 43.59 126 131 132
136 Cincinnati, OH 43.34 127 136 127
137 St. Louis, MO 43.06 132 105 142
138 Jackson, MS 42.93 137 111 113
139 Philadelphia, PA 42.77 142 122 77
140 Akron, OH 42.20 131 129 141
141 Newark, NJ 41.16 107 149 150
142 Fayetteville, NC 40.04 141 145 120
143 Shreveport, LA 39.20 148 135 105
144 Mobile, AL 39.03 147 142 100
145 Columbus, GA 38.62 145 147 84
146 Toledo, OH 38.00 146 126 143
147 Birmingham, AL 37.50 139 146 146
148 Augusta, GA 37.00 149 138 134
149 Cleveland, OH 36.80 140 148 148
150 Detroit, MI 27.78 150 150 149

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