These Are The 30 U.S. Cities Where People Are Actually Able To Be Happy

These Are The U.S. Cities Where People Are Actually Able To Be Happy

Over here, we tend to recognize that life for anyone between the ages of 22 and 34 sometimes sucks. We don’t have any money, rents are through the roof, and all of our jobs suck. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Company Gallup-Healthways just released the results of their annual Well-Being Index, which ranks U.S. cities by happiness. Using five different criteria that they believe determines happiness or well-being – purpose, social, financial, community, and physical attributes – Gallup-Healthways was able to determine the 30 happiest cities in the United States.

30. San Francisco, CA
29. Bridgeport, CT
28. Green Bay, WI
27. Minneapolis, MN
26. Peoria, IL
25. Visalia, CA
24. Port St. Lucie, FL
23. Colorado Springs, CO
22. Asheville, NC
21. San Diego, CA
20. San Antonio, CA
19. Cape Coral, FL
18. Ann Arbor, MI
17. Austin, TX
16. Ventura, CA
15. San Jose, CA
14. Provo, UT
13. Honolulu, HI
12. Santa Barbara, CA
11. McAllen, TX
10. San Luis Obispo, CA
9. Anchorage, AK
8. Charlottesville, VA
7. Boulder, CO
6. Santa Cruz, CA
5. Barnstable Town, MA
4. Fort Collins, CO
3. Sarasota, FL
2. Salinas, CA
1. Naples, FL

What do these states have in common? Sunshine, baby. Assuming those California residents aren’t factoring their checking account balances into their happiness, it might be worth it to toss your antidepressants out the window and make your way over to the Sunshine State for a little bit of TLC. With many of these cities in the South or on the coast, it’s no wonder that their residents are singing their praises. Even if you’re not located on the beach, we have some awesome places like Austin, TX, where you can live in a happy hippie paradise, and Asheville, NC, where you can drink craft beer to your heart’s desire. Cash out those flight reward points, because it’s time for you to take a vacation to one of these 30 places.

[via Town & Country]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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