The 100 Happiest Cities in America

Where high income, high life satisfaction, and low inequality reign.

The 100 Happiest Cities in America

Where high income, high life satisfaction, and low inequality reign.

In his groundbreaking work Happiness by Design, the British economist Paul Dolan defines happiness as the right blend of experiencing pleasure and experiencing purpose. At various points in your life, the pendulum may swing to either side, but his research found that you need feel both to be truly happy. Now, by that measure, the citizens of these 100 cities are indeed having more fun—and enjoying more life satisfaction—than your average American.

We know this because we’ve crunched the numbers and ranked the happiest locales from coast to coast, drawing on data including household income (according to Princeton researchers, happiness levels increase with rising income up to $75,000 per year), WalletHub’s recent Happiest City survey scores, and various “unhappy” statistics, including unemployment data, income inequality, and divorce rates (all of which have been found to contribute to lower levels of life satisfaction.) The cities with a combination of high happiness stats and low unhappiness stats rose quickly on our list—while those with a combination of the reverse plummeted. So read on and learn which cities topped our list. And if you’re considering moving, don’t just take into account happiness score; be sure to check out The 50 Fittest Cities in America, too.

Lubbock, happiest cities

100
Lubbock, TX

Population: 252,506
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 3.43%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $47,139.00
WalletHub Score: 53.32
Happy City Score: 57.44

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Modesto, happiest cities

99
Modesto, CA

Population: 212,175
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.1
Unemployment: 9.51%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $51,949.00
WalletHub Score: 49.95
Happy City Score: 57.66

As an added bonus, Modesto is one of The 100 Best Places to Raise a Family.

Spokane, fittest cities, happiest cities

98
Spokane, WA

Population: 215,973
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 6.42%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $48,676.00
WalletHub Score: 51.1
Happy City Score: 57.77

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Lexington, happiest cities, fattest cities

97
Lexington, KY

Population: 318,449
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 3.92%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $51,963.00
WalletHub Score: 52.11
Happy City Score: 58.28

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Port St. Lucie, happiest cities

96
Port St. Lucie, FL

Population: 185,132
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.2
Unemployment: 6.24%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $45,918.00
WalletHub Score: 56.1
Happy City Score: 58.37

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Stockton, happiest cities

95
Stockton, CA

Population: 307,072
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 8.88%
Income Inequality: 4.9
Median Household Income: $53,341.00
WalletHub Score: 48.72
Happy City Score: 58.43

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Oklahoma City, happiest cities, fattest cities

94
Oklahoma City, OK

Population: 638,367
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 3.78%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $49,750.00
WalletHub Score: 51.95
Happy City Score: 58.49

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Fort Lauderdale, happiest cities, fittest cities

93
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Population: 178,752
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 5.04%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $53,624.00
WalletHub Score: 49.38
Happy City Score: 58.60

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San Bernardino, happiest cities

92
San Bernardino, CA

Population: 216,239
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 6.46%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $53,526.00
WalletHub Score: 49.22
Happy City Score: 58.73

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Greensboro, happiest cities, fattest cities

91
Greensboro, NC

Population: 287,027
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 5.88%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $48,283.00
WalletHub Score: 54.33
Happy City Score: 59.09

One caveat, however: Greensboro is one of The 50 Fattest Cities in America.

El Paso, happiest cities, fattest cities

90
El Paso, TX

Population: 683,080
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 5.23%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $43,101.00
WalletHub Score: 58.72
Happy City Score: 59.56

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North Las Vegas, happiest cities

89
North Las Vegas, NV

Population: 238,702
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 6.80%
Income Inequality: 4.2
Median Household Income: $51,624.00
WalletHub Score: 48.64
Happy City Score: 59.68

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Fort Wayne, happiest cities, fattest cities

88
Fort Wayne, IN

Population: 264,488
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 4.54%
Income Inequality: 4.1
Median Household Income: $50,017.00
WalletHub Score: 50.07
Happy City Score: 59.85

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Las Vegas, happiest cities

87
Las Vegas, NV

Population: 632,912
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 6.80%
Income Inequality: 4.2
Median Household Income: $51,624.00
WalletHub Score: 49.06
Happy City Score: 60.10

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Pittsburgh, happiest cities, fittest cities

86
Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 303,625
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 4.82%
Income Inequality: 5.1
Median Household Income: $54,412.00
WalletHub Score: 50.67
Happy City Score: 60.82

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Columbus, happiest cities, fattest cities

85
Columbus, OH

Population: 860,090
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 4.07%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $53,939.00
WalletHub Score: 51.47
Happy City Score: 61.52

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Ontario, happiest cities

84
Ontario, CA

Population: 173,212
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 6.46%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $53,526.00
WalletHub Score: 52.57
Happy City Score: 62.08

Nashville, happiest cities, fattest cities

83
Nashville, TN

Population: 660,388
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.2
Unemployment: 4.46%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $51,999.00
WalletHub Score: 54.63
Happy City Score: 62.45

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Atlanta, happiest cities, fittest cities

82
Atlanta, GA

Population: 472,522
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.85%
Income Inequality: 6.2
Median Household Income: $59,911.00
WalletHub Score: 52.97
Happy City Score: 63.44

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St. Louis, happiest cities, fittest cities

81
St. Louis, MO

Population: 311,404
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 4.61%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $61,569.00
WalletHub Score: 43.06
Happy City Score: 63.72

Houston, happiest cities, fattest cities

80
Houston, TX

Population: 2,303,482
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 4.64%
Income Inequality: 5.1
Median Household Income: $56,670.00
WalletHub Score: 49.77
Happy City Score: 63.85

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Wichita, happiest cities, fattest cities

79
Wichita, KS

Population: 389,902
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.1
Unemployment: 4.81%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $50,995.00
WalletHub Score: 51.51
Happy City Score: 64.24

Chicago, happiest cities

78
Chicago, IL

Population: 2,704,958
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 6.10%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $56,841.00
WalletHub Score: 52.57
Happy City Score: 64.26

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Dallas, happiest cities, fattest cities

77
Dallas, TX

Population: 1,317,929
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.27%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $51,824.00
WalletHub Score: 52.62
Happy City Score: 64.50

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Pembroke Pines, happiest cities

76
Pembroke Pines, FL

Population: 168,587
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 5.04%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $53,624.00
WalletHub Score: 55.58
Happy City Score: 64.80

Orlando, happiest cities, fittest cities

75
Orlando, FL

Population: 277,173
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 4.90%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $50,593.00
WalletHub Score: 56.79
Happy City Score: 65.48

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Fontana, happiest cities

74
Fontana, CA

Population: 209,665
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 6.46%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $53,526.00
WalletHub Score: 56.03
Happy City Score: 65.54

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Henderson, happiest cities

73
Henderson, NV

Population: 292,969
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 6.80%
Income Inequality: 4.2
Median Household Income: $51,624.00
WalletHub Score: 54.96
Happy City Score: 66.00

San Antonio, happiest cities, fattest cities

72
San Antonio, TX

Population: 1,492,510
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.3
Unemployment: 3.83%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $52,230.00
WalletHub Score: 54.55
Happy City Score: 66.47

New York, NYC, happiest cities.

71
New York, NY

Population: 8,537,673
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 4.82%
Income Inequality: 8.8
Median Household Income: $75,136.00
WalletHub Score: 54.66
Happy City Score: 66.65

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Worcester, happiest cities, fattest cities

70
Worcester, MA

Population: 184,508
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 5.29%
Income Inequality: 5.1
Median Household Income: $65,621.00
WalletHub Score: 46.6
Happy City Score: 66.95

Jersey City, happiest cities

69
Jersey City, NJ

Population: 264,152
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.26%
Income Inequality: 6.0
Median Household Income: $60,053.00
WalletHub Score: 55.17
Happy City Score: 67.09

Phoenix, happiest cities

68
Phoenix, AZ

Population: 1,615,017
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 52.67
Happy City Score: 67.53

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Moreno Valley, happiest cities

67
Moreno Valley, CA

Population: 205,499
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 6.73%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $57,895.00
WalletHub Score: 53.03
Happy City Score: 68.08

Rancho Cucamonga, happiest cities, fittest cities

66
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Population: 176,534
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 6.46%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $53,526.00
WalletHub Score: 58.69
Happy City Score: 68.20

Cape Coral, happiest cities.

65
Cape Coral, FL

Population: 179,804
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 5.03%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $50,713.00
WalletHub Score: 58.65
Happy City Score: 68.33

Portland, happiest cities, fittest cities

64
Portland, OR

Population: 639,863
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.2
Unemployment: 4.99%
Income Inequality: 5.1
Median Household Income: $58,764.00
WalletHub Score: 56.11
Happy City Score: 68.38

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Reno, happiest cities, fittest cities

63
Reno, NV

Population: 245,255
Poor Mental Health Days: 4.0
Unemployment: 6.24%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $56,457.00
WalletHub Score: 55.83
Happy City Score: 68.39

Sacramento, happiest cities, fittest cities

62
Sacramento, CA

Population: 495,234
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 6.01%
Income Inequality: 4.9
Median Household Income: $58,735.00
WalletHub Score: 53.9
Happy City Score: 68.42

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Glendale, happiest cities, fittest cities

61
Glendale, AZ

Population: 245,895
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 53.93
Happy City Score: 68.79

Huntsville, happiest cities, fattest cities

60
Huntsville, AL

Population: 193,079
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 5.48%
Income Inequality: 5.1
Median Household Income: $59,117.00
WalletHub Score: 54.29
Happy City Score: 68.96

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Irving, happiest cities

59
Irving, TX

Population: 238,289
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.27%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $51,824.00
WalletHub Score: 57.33
Happy City Score: 69.21

Durham, happiest cities

58
Durham, NC

Population: 263,016
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 5.01%
Income Inequality: 5.0
Median Household Income: $53,875.00
WalletHub Score: 59.05
Happy City Score: 69.41

Garland, happiest cities

57
Garland, TX

Population: 234,943
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.27%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $51,824.00
WalletHub Score: 57.93
Happy City Score: 69.81

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Riverside, happiest cities

56
Riverside, CA

Population: 324,722
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.9
Unemployment: 6.73%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $57,895.00
WalletHub Score: 55.78
Happy City Score: 70.83

Grand Rapids, happiest cities, fattest cities

55
Grand Rapids, MI

Population: 196,445
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 3.58%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $54,550.00
WalletHub Score: 56.9
Happy City Score: 71.46

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Mesa, happiest cities

54
Mesa, AZ

Population: 484,587
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 57.12
Happy City Score: 71.98

Grand Prairie, happiest cities

53
Grand Prairie, TX

Population: 190,682
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.27%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $51,824.00
WalletHub Score: 60.22
Happy City Score: 72.10

Long Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities

52
Long Beach, CA

Population: 470,130
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 6.72%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $59,045.00
WalletHub Score: 59.05
Happy City Score: 72.19

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Denver, happiest cities, fittest cities,

51
Denver, CO

Population: 693,060
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 3.70%
Income Inequality: 5.2
Median Household Income: $57,886.00
WalletHub Score: 59.25
Happy City Score: 72.94

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Los Angeles, happiest cities

50
Los Angeles, CA

Population: 3,976,322
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 6.72%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $59,045.00
WalletHub Score: 59.91
Happy City Score: 73.05

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Tempe, happiest cities, fittest cities

49
Tempe, AZ

Population: 182,498
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 59.12
Happy City Score: 73.98

Charlotte, happiest cities

48
Charlotte, NC

Population: 842,051
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 5.36%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $57,029.00
WalletHub Score: 59.05
Happy City Score: 74.39

Tacoma, happiest cities

47
Tacoma, WA

Population: 211,277
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.8
Unemployment: 6.33%
Income Inequality: 4.1
Median Household Income: $60,168.00
WalletHub Score: 54.14
Happy City Score: 74.87

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Peoria, happiest cities, fittest cities

46
Peoria, AZ

Population: 164,173
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 60.86
Happy City Score: 75.72

Omaha, happiest cities

45
Omaha, NE

Population: 446,970
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 3.28%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $58,405.00
WalletHub Score: 57.27
Happy City Score: 75.87

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Arlington, happiest cities

44
Arlington, TX

Population: 392,772
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 4.15%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $60,735.00
WalletHub Score: 54.95
Happy City Score: 76.02

Chandler, happiest cities, fittest cities

43
Chandler, AZ

Population: 247,477
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 61.68
Happy City Score: 76.54

Glendale, happiest cities

42
Glendale, CA

Population: 200,831
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 6.72%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $59,045.00
WalletHub Score: 63.43
Happy City Score: 76.57

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Santa Clarita, happiest cities, fittest cities

41
Santa Clarita, CA

Population: 181,972
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 6.72%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $59,045.00
WalletHub Score: 64.79
Happy City Score: 77.93

Fort Worth, happiest cities

40
Fort Worth, TX

Population: 854,113
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 4.15%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $60,735.00
WalletHub Score: 57.06
Happy City Score: 78.13

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Vancouver, happiest cities, fittest cities

39
Vancouver, WA

Population: 174,826
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.7
Unemployment: 6.36%
Income Inequality: 3.9
Median Household Income: $64,282.00
WalletHub Score: 52.27
Happy City Score: 78.46

Gilbert, happiest cities, fittest cities

38
Gilbert, AZ

Population: 237,133
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 63.87
Happy City Score: 78.73

Lincoln, happiest cities, fittest cities

37
Lincoln, NE

Population: 280,364
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.0
Unemployment: 2.61%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $54,422.00
WalletHub Score: 61.95
Happy City Score: 78.73

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Scottsdale, happiest cities, fittest cities

36
Scottsdale, AZ

Population: 246,645
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 5.18%
Income Inequality: 4.6
Median Household Income: $56,017.00
WalletHub Score: 64.61
Happy City Score: 79.47

Colorado Springs, happiest cities

35
Colorado Springs, CO

Population: 465,101
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 4.61%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $60,050.00
WalletHub Score: 58.41
Happy City Score: 79.63

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Boise, happiest cities, fittest cities

34
Boise, ID

Population: 223,154
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 3.59%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $58,431.00
WalletHub Score: 60.23
Happy City Score: 79.84

Des Moines, happiest cities

33
Des Moines, IA

Population: 215,472
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.3
Unemployment: 3.59%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $60,436.00
WalletHub Score: 57.9
Happy City Score: 80.19

St. Paul, happiest cities

32
St. Paul, MN

Population: 302,398
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.0
Unemployment: 3.53%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $57,299.00
WalletHub Score: 62.43
Happy City Score: 80.55

Salt Lake City, happiest cities, fittest cities

31
Salt Lake City, UT

Population: 193,744
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 3.33%
Income Inequality: 4.0
Median Household Income: $65,549.00
WalletHub Score: 57.43
Happy City Score: 85.21

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Washington DC, D.C., happiest cities, fittest cities

30
Washington, DC

Population: 681,170
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 6.91%
Income Inequality: 7.0
Median Household Income: $73,115.00
WalletHub Score: 65.14
Happy City Score: 86.19

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Oceanside, happiest cities

29
Oceanside, CA

Population: 175,464
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 5.20%
Income Inequality: 4.9
Median Household Income: $67,053.00
WalletHub Score: 61.83
Happy City Score: 87.18

Chesapeake, happiest cities

28
Chesapeake, VA

Population: 237,940
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.55%
Income Inequality: 3.8
Median Household Income: $67,296.00
WalletHub Score: 55.33
Happy City Score: 87.33

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Austin, happiest cities, fittest cities

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Austin, TX

Population: 947,890
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.0
Unemployment: 3.27%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $65,244.00
WalletHub Score: 63.01
Happy City Score: 88.97

Virginia Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities

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Virginia Beach, VA

Population: 452,602
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.1
Unemployment: 4.28%
Income Inequality: 3.7
Median Household Income: $67,032.00
WalletHub Score: 56.32
Happy City Score: 89.40

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Chula Vista, happiest cities

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Chula Vista, CA

Population: 267,172
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 5.20%
Income Inequality: 4.9
Median Household Income: $67,053.00
WalletHub Score: 64.82
Happy City Score: 90.17

Aurora, happiest cities

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Aurora, CO

Population: 361,710
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.3
Unemployment: 3.72%
Income Inequality: 4.2
Median Household Income: $67,062.00
WalletHub Score: 61.41
Happy City Score: 90.58

San Diego, happiest cities, fittest cities

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San Diego, CA

Population: 1,406,630
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 5.20%
Income Inequality: 4.9
Median Household Income: $67,053.00
WalletHub Score: 65.8
Happy City Score: 91.15

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Santa Rosa, happiest cities, fittest cities

22
Santa Rosa, CA

Population: 175,155
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.6
Unemployment: 4.49%
Income Inequality: 4.5
Median Household Income: $66,463.00
WalletHub Score: 65.29
Happy City Score: 91.37

Sioux Falls, happiest cities

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Sioux Falls, SD

Population: 174,360
Poor Mental Health Days: 2.5
Unemployment: 2.74%
Income Inequality: 3.8
Median Household Income: $55,605.00
WalletHub Score: 67.63
Happy City Score: 91.59

Madison, happiest cities, fittest cities

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Madison, WI

Population: 252,551
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.3
Unemployment: 3.21%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $65,416.00
WalletHub Score: 64.28
Happy City Score: 91.61

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Minneapolis, happiest cities, fittest cities

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Minneapolis, MN

Population: 413,651
Poor Mental Health Days: 2.9
Unemployment: 3.28%
Income Inequality: 4.9
Median Household Income: $68,902.00
WalletHub Score: 62.59
Happy City Score: 92.63

Santa Ana, happiest cities

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Santa Ana, CA

Population: 334,217
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 4.48%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $78,002.00
WalletHub Score: 58.42
Happy City Score: 94.69

Raleigh, happiest cities, fittest cities

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Raleigh, NC

Population: 458,880
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.1
Unemployment: 4.65%
Income Inequality: 4.3
Median Household Income: $70,629.00
WalletHub Score: 62.88
Happy City Score: 96.28

Yonkers, happiest cities

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Yonkers, NY

Population: 200,807
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.61%
Income Inequality: 5.9
Median Household Income: $85,688.00
WalletHub Score: 57.25
Happy City Score: 96.85

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Anchorage, happiest cities

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Anchorage, AK

Population: #N/A
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.3
Unemployment: 5.00%
Income Inequality: 3.8
Median Household Income: $77,791.00
WalletHub Score: 56.08
Happy City Score: 98.45

Anaheim, happiest cities

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Anaheim, CA

Population: 351,043
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 4.48%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $78,002.00
WalletHub Score: 63.48
Happy City Score: 99.75

Oxnard, happiest cities

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Oxnard, CA

Population: 207,906
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 5.69%
Income Inequality: 4.4
Median Household Income: $79,285.00
WalletHub Score: 60.56
Happy City Score: 100.18

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Garden Grove, happiest cities, fittest cities

12
Garden Grove, CA

Population: 174,858
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 4.48%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $78,002.00
WalletHub Score: 64.35
Happy City Score: 100.62

Honolulu, happiest cities, fittest cities

11
Honolulu, HI

Population: 351,792
Poor Mental Health Days: 2.8
Unemployment: 3.40%
Income Inequality: 4.0
Median Household Income: $76,544.00
WalletHub Score: 60.35
Happy City Score: 102.55

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Aurora, happiest cities

10
Aurora, IL

Population: 201,110
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.4
Unemployment: 4.66%
Income Inequality: 4.2
Median Household Income: $81,616.00
WalletHub Score: 59.94
Happy City Score: 103.43

Huntington Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities

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Huntington Beach, CA

Population: 200,652
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 4.48%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $78,002.00
WalletHub Score: 67.32
Happy City Score: 103.59

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Oakland, happiest cities, fittest cities

8
Oakland, CA

Population: 420,005
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.74%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $81,462.00
WalletHub Score: 65.52
Happy City Score: 103.91

Seattle, happiest cities, fittest cities

7
Seattle, WA

Population: 704,352
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.1
Unemployment: 4.44%
Income Inequality: 4.7
Median Household Income: $81,816.00
WalletHub Score: 63.16
Happy City Score: 105.29

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Irvine, happiest cities, fittest cities

6
Irvine, CA

Population: 266,122
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.5
Unemployment: 4.48%
Income Inequality: 4.8
Median Household Income: $78,002.00
WalletHub Score: 70.99
Happy City Score: 107.26

San Francisco, happiest cities, fittest cities

5
San Francisco, CA

Population: 870,887
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.3
Unemployment: 3.64%
Income Inequality: 7.1
Median Household Income: $90,527.00
WalletHub Score: 69.2
Happy City Score: 107.52

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overland park happiest cities

4
Overland Park, KS

Population: 188,966
Poor Mental Health Days: 2.7
Unemployment: 3.42%
Income Inequality: 4.0
Median Household Income: $83,007.00
WalletHub Score: 63.86
Happy City Score: 113.36

Plano, happiest cities

3
Plano, TX

Population: 286,057
Poor Mental Health Days: 2.9
Unemployment: 3.64%
Income Inequality: 4.0
Median Household Income: $86,823.00
WalletHub Score: 63.43
Happy City Score: 115.53

Fremont, happiest cities, fittest cities

2
Fremont, CA

Population: 233,136
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.2
Unemployment: 4.74%
Income Inequality: 5.4
Median Household Income: $81,462.00
WalletHub Score: 77.55
Happy City Score: 115.94

San Jose, happiest cities, fittest cities

1
San Jose, CA

Population: 1,025,350
Poor Mental Health Days: 3.0
Unemployment: 4.16%
Income Inequality: 5.1
Median Household Income: $102,191.00
WalletHub Score: 75.79
Happy City Score: 137.32

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