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4 Bay Area Cities Rank Among The Happiest In The US, Study Shows

By Jamie Ferrell

4 Bay Area Cities Rank Among The Happiest In The US, Study Shows

Fremont ranked #1!

WalletHub’s report on 2021’s Happiest Cities In America analyzed 182 cities and found that Fremont ranks #1 for happiness in the United States. Other California cities in the top 15 are San Jose (#5), Santa Rosa (#10), and San Francisco (#13).

This list is pretty fascinating, considering the effect the Covid-19 pandemic has had on so many people’s mental health. WalletHub investigated happiness in the United States’ largest and most populated cities based on 3 key dimensions: (1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, (2) Income & Employment and (3) Community & Environment.

These dimensions were analyzed with 31 different metrics rated on a 100-point scale. The metrics included life expectancy, job satisfaction, commute time, ideal weather, average leisure time spent per day, and more. 

Coit Tower at sunrise. [Image: @kartikharia via Instagram]

WalletHub’s Andrew McCann wrote, “Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being.”

He also noted that a uniform level of happiness is not found everywhere in the US, and the WalletHub aims to show that “moving to a certain city may help you be more content.”

Here are the rankings for the top 5 California cities:

Fremont (Total score: 73.66, #1 overall)

  • #1 for Emotional & Physical Well-Being
  • #46 for Income & Employment
  • #5 for Community & Environment

San Jose (Total score: 69.47,#5 overall)

  • #7 for Emotional & Physical Well-Being
  • #32 for Income & Employment
  • #33 for Community & Environment

Santa Rosa (Total score: 67.59, #10 overall)

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  • #2 for Emotional & Physical Well-Being
  • #21 for Income & Employment
  • #75 for Community & Environment

San Francisco (Total score: 67.11, #13 overall)

  • #3 for Emotional & Physical Well-Being
  • #15 for Income & Employment
  • #131 for Community & Environment

Irvine, California also ranked #12 with a score of 67.27,  just ahead of San Francisco.

Here is a list of the top 15. To see the full list of all 182 cities, visit WalletHub.com.

[Image: Screenshot via WalletHub.com]

Clearly, the Bay Area is the place to be! Do you agree with the results?

 

[Featured Image: @consciously_capable via Instagram]