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WalletHub has released a list of the 20 happiest cities in the United States.Getty

Does money buy happiness? The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its annual ranking of the happiest cities in America in an attempt to see if it does.

WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities using 31 key indicators of happiness, including income-growth rate, depression rate, average leisure time spent per day and more. ”The main aim of the report was to find out whether money can really buy happiness,” says WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez. “We also wanted to see what combination of factors help people to achieve happiness.”

And the happiest city in America is…drumroll, please…Plano, Texas. “Plano is the happiest city in the U.S. because it has one of the lowest depression rates at 14%, and the smallest share of adults (13%) whose physical, mental or emotional problems affect their personal happiness,” says Gonzalez. Additionally, Plano has one of the lowest poverty rates in the country (7%) and the lowest unemployment rate (3%). “Another indicator of Plano’s residents’ happiness is its low separation and divorce rate,” says Gonzalez.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Detroit, which came in last on the list. “The city has the lowest share of households earning annual incomes above $75,000 (less than 14%), the highest poverty rate (almost 38%) and the third highest unemployment rate (at just above 8%),” says Gonzalez. “Moreover, Detroit has the highest separation and divorce rate in the country (47%).”

The state that appeared the most time in the top 10 list is California, with eight cities — from Irvine to San Diego — making the cut.

Some other notable stats:

Miami, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines, Florida, all have the lowest depression rate (12.5%), which is 2.3 times lower than in Charleston, West Virginia, the city with the highest depression rate (28.9%).

Boston has the lowest number of suicides at 4.48 per 100,000 residents — which is 6.9 times lower than in Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest number, at 30.83 per 100,000 residents.

Fremont, California, has the lowest separation and divorce rate (15.96%), which is three times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest (47.44%).

Cheyenne, Wyoming, has the lowest average commute time, 14 minutes, which is 2.9 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at 40.8 minutes.

Read on for the list of the 20 happiest and the 20 unhappiest cities in America, as well as the fewest work hours and the highest income growth. You see the full list and the methodology here.

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A park space in Plano, Texas, the happiest city in America.Getty

Top 20 Happiest Cities in America

  1. Plano, Texas
  2. Irvine, California
  3. Madison, Wisconsin
  4. Fremont, California
  5. Huntington Beach, California
  6. Fargo, North Dakota
  7. Grand Prairie, Texas
  8. San Jose, California
  9. Scottsdale, Arizona
  10. San Francisco, California
  11. Bismarck, North Dakota
  12. Overland Park, Kansas
  13. Santa Rosa, California
  14. Austin, Texas
  15. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  16. Pearl City, Hawaii
  17. Glendale, California
  18. San Diego, California
  19. St. Paul, Minnesota
  20. Charleston, South Carolina

The skyline of Detroit, the unhappiest city in America.Getty

20 Unhappiest Cities in America

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Toledo, Ohio
  3. Charleston, West Virginia
  4. Birmingham, Alabama
  5. Cleveland, Ohio
  6. Gulfport, Mississippi
  7. Little Rock, Arkansas
  8. Huntington, West Virginia
  9. Newark, New Jersey
  10. Mobile, Alabama
  11. Augusta, Georgia
  12. St. Louis, Missouri
  13. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  14. Cincinnati, Ohio
  15. Akron, Ohio
  16. Fayetteville, North Carolina
  17. Columbus, Georgia
  18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  19. Memphis, Tennessee
  20. Shreveport, Louisiana

Burlington, Vermont, the city with the fewest work hours.Getty

Fewest Work Hours

  1. Burlington, Vermont
  2. Tallahassee, Florida
  3. New Haven, Connecticut
  4. Bridgeport, Connecticut (tied for #4)
  5. Missoula, Montana (tied for #4)

Most Work Hours

  1. Anchorage, Alaska
  2. Fayetteville, North Carolina
  3. Cheyenne, Wyoming (tied for #3)
  4. Corpus Christi, Texas (tied for #3)
  5. Pearl City, Hawaii

San Francisco, the city with the highest income growth in the United States.Getty

Highest Income Growth

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Denver, Colorado
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Fremont, California

Lowest Income Growth

  1. Gulfport, Mississippi
  2. Glendale, Arizona
  3. North Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. Oceanside, California
  5. Newark, New Jersey


March 12, 2019 at 06:52PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs