These are the Happiest Places to Live...

Posted March 15th, 2017

Article written by Ashley May
USA Today 
(Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets)

California is a hotbed of happiness, according to a new WalletHub report.

The personal-finance website released its 2017's Happiest Places to Live this week and the Golden State holds 13 of the report's top 20 cities. Fremont, Calif., won the top spot. The San Francisco suburb by Lake Elizabeth is home to parks, high-rated schools and low crime rates. Fremont also has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 2.7 times lower than Detroit, according to the study.

Three California cities followed close behind (San Jose, Irvine and San Francisco), with Sioux Falls, S.D., getting South Dakota on the chart at No. 5.

Researchers used data from 150 of the nation's largest cities. Evaluations looked at 30 metrics within three main categories: emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment.

Here are a few other top-performing cities in the report: San Jose, Calif., came in No. 1 when the report only looked at emotional and physical well-being. Washington, D.C., topped the chart for highest income growth. Madison, Wis., rose to the top for highest volunteer rate. Tallahassee, Fla., was No. 1 when it came to fewest work hours. Brownsville, Texas, had the lowest suicide rate. Residents in Overland Park, Kan., reported the highest adequate-sleep rate.

These are the report's Top 10 Happiest Places to Live:

1. Fremont, Calif.

2. San Jose, Calif.

3. Irvine, Calif.

4. San Francisco, Calif.

5. Sioux Falls, S.D.

6. Huntington Beach, Calif.

7. San Diego, Calif.

8. Oakland, Calif.

9. Santa Rosa, Calif.

10. Washington, D.C.


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