Research indicates that the variabilities of location are an important role in whether locals feel happy. In happier places, according to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones of Happiness, locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have access to green spaces, and feel that they are making purposeful progress toward achieving life goals. Designed by Gallup senior scientist Dan Witters, the study established 15 metrics—from eating healthy and learning something new every day to civic engagement, financial security, vacation time, and even dental checkups—that signal happiness. The National Geographic Gallup Special/Blue Zones Index draws on nearly 250,000 interviews conducted with adults from 2014 to 2015 in 190 metropolitan areas across the U.S as part of the Gallup-Sharecare Well Being Index.
It tracked factors that are statistically associated with doing well and feeling well; these include feeling secure, taking vacations, and having enough money to cover basic needs.
Two of the top 5 cities were in Colorado and California!
Top 5 Happiest Cities in United States:
#1 Boulder, CO – Boulder, Colorado—the happiest city in America according to the National Geographic Gallup Special Index—is best explored on two wheels, with over more than 300 miles of dedicated bikeways.
#2 Santa Cruz / Watsonville, CA – The Santa Cruz-Watsonville area on California’s central coast boasts beautiful beaches, a family-friendly boardwalk, and one of the state’s oldest amusement parks—all overlooking stunning Monterey Bay.
#3 Charlottesville, VA – Along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Virginia, has ample opportunities for getting outdoors between visits to Monticello and the University of Virginia—both listed as World Heritage sites.
#4 Fort Collins, CO – The historic storefronts in Fort Collins, Colorado’s Old Town inspired the design of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. Add in its views of the Rocky Mountains, and it’s no wonder Fort Collins ranks among the happiest cities in America.
#5 San Luis Obispo, CA – Locals and visitors can relax at wineries, explore sand dunes, or take in coastal views along hiking and biking trails.
Here’s a short video I created on my recent trip to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County.
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