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The 10 Happiest Cities in America

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 3/12/2018 David Oliver

A lone goose in the path by lake at sunrise in central park, Fremont, California.: The happiest city in America is Fremont, California (pictured). © Getty Images The happiest city in America is Fremont, California (pictured). Don't worry. Be happy.

Everyone wants to be happy. But according to research, you have a better shot at it in certain cities.

The happiest city in America is Fremont, California, followed by Bismarck, North Dakota, and San Jose, California, according to a new ranking from WalletHub. Four out of the top 10 cities are in California, with two in North Dakota and Texas, respectively.

WalletHub ranked the happiest cities in America – more than 180 – across three categories: emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment. Each section examined various happiness indicators, including everything from depression rate to average leisure time per day to income-growth rate.

According to the report, the least happy city is Detroit, Michigan, with Huntington, West Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama, rounding out the bottom three.

By other metrics: Cities with the fewest work hours included Burlington, Vermont; Tallahassee, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; Missoula, Montana; Madison, Wisconsin; and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The lowest separation and divorce rates could be found in Fremont, California; Irvine, California; Gilbert, Arizona; Plano, Texas; and Pearl City, Hawaii.

Find the top 10 happiest cities below, and see the complete report here.

Overall RankCityEmotional & Physical Well-Being Rank
1Fremont, California3
2Bismarck, North Dakota4
3San Jose, California1
4Pearl City, Hawaii2
5

Plano, Texas

8
6Fargo, North Dakota12
7Sioux Falls, South Dakota7
8Irvine, California13
9Huntington Beach, California16
10Grand Prairie, Texas29

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