The 100 Happiest Cities in America

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

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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.

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Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, happiest cities

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, CA

Modesto, happiest cities

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.

98
Spokane, WA

Spokane, fittest cities, happiest cities

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, KY

Lexington, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, FL

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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, CA

Stockton, happiest cities

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, OK

Oklahoma City, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, FL

Fort Lauderdale, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, CA

San Bernardino, happiest cities

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, NC

Greensboro, happiest cities, fattest cities

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

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El Paso, TX

El Paso, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, NV

North Las Vegas, happiest cities

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, IN

Fort Wayne, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, NV

Las Vegas, happiest cities

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, PA

Pittsburgh, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, OH

Columbus, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, CA

Ontario, happiest cities

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

83
Nashville, TN

Nashville, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, GA

Atlanta, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, MO

St. Louis, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Houston, TX

Houston, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, KS

Wichita, happiest cities, fattest cities

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

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Chicago, IL

Chicago, happiest cities

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, TX

Dallas, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, FL

Pembroke Pines, happiest cities

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

75
Orlando, FL

Orlando, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, CA

Fontana, happiest cities

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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73
Henderson, NV

Henderson, happiest cities

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

72
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, happiest cities, fattest cities

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

71
New York, NY

New York, NYC, happiest cities.

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, MA

Worcester, happiest cities, fattest cities

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

69
Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City, happiest cities

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

68
Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, happiest cities

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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67
Moreno Valley, CA

Moreno Valley, happiest cities

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

66
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Rancho Cucamonga, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

65
Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, happiest cities.

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

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Portland, OR

Portland, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, NV

Reno, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Sacramento, CA

Sacramento, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, AZ

Glendale, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

60
Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, TX

Irving, happiest cities

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

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Durham, NC

Durham, happiest cities

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

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Garland, TX

Garland, happiest cities

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, CA

Riverside, happiest cities

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

55
Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, happiest cities, fattest cities

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, AZ

Mesa, happiest cities

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

53
Grand Prairie, TX

Grand Prairie, happiest cities

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

52
Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, CO

Denver, happiest cities, fittest cities,

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, CA

Los Angeles, happiest cities

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, AZ

Tempe, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, happiest cities

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

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Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, happiest cities

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, AZ

Peoria, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Omaha, NE

Omaha, happiest cities

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, TX

Arlington, happiest cities

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

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Chandler, AZ

Chandler, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Glendale, CA

Glendale, happiest cities

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, CA

Santa Clarita, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, happiest cities

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, WA

Vancouver, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Gilbert, AZ

Gilbert, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Lincoln, NE

Lincoln, happiest cities, fittest cities

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, AZ

Scottsdale, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, happiest cities

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, ID

Boise, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, happiest cities

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

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St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, happiest cities

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

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Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

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

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, CA

Oceanside, happiest cities

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

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Chesapeake, VA

Chesapeake, happiest cities

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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27
Austin, TX

Austin, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

26
Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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25
Chula Vista, CA

Chula Vista, happiest cities

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

24
Aurora, CO

Aurora, happiest cities

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

23
San Diego, CA

San Diego, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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22
Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

21
Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls, happiest cities

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

20
Madison, WI

Madison, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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19
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

18
Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana, happiest cities

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

17
Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

16
Yonkers, NY

Yonkers, happiest cities

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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15
Anchorage, AK

Anchorage, happiest cities

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

14
Anaheim, CA

Anaheim, happiest cities

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

13
Oxnard, CA

Oxnard, happiest cities

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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12
Garden Grove, CA

Garden Grove, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

11
Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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10
Aurora, IL

Aurora, happiest cities

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

9
Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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8
Oakland, CA

Oakland, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

7
Seattle, WA

Seattle, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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6
Irvine, CA

Irvine, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

5
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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4
Overland Park, KS

overland park happiest cities

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

3
Plano, TX

Plano, happiest cities

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

2
Fremont, CA

Fremont, happiest cities, fittest cities

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

1
San Jose, CA

San Jose, happiest cities, fittest cities

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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