These are 25 of the happiest cities in the U.S., study says

Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 21:12:08-04

Regular dental checkups and vacation time may not seem related, but according to a survey measuring happiness in U.S. cities, they are both good indicators of overall well-being.

A study compiled by National Geographic, author Dan Buettner and Gallup used 15 factors that also include quality of diet, financial security, and daily learning, among others. The findings are based on 250,000 interviews done across the country from 2014 to 2015 as part of the National Geographic Gallup Special/Blue Zones Index.

Boulder, Colorado topped the list thanks to its proximity to nature, a strong feeling of community, a largely active lifestyle and sustainable development, among other qualities.

Cities from other states included San Diego, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Washington D.C.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California; Charlottesville, Virginia; and San Luis Obispo-Paso, California; were also in the top 5.

Other cities that did not make the list and ranked at the very bottom of the happiness scale were Charleston, West Virginia; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina.

In general, Buettner found that people living in happy cities socialize more during the day, laugh and smile more often, feel financially secure and have access to green spaces.

Here is the full list:

    1. Boulder, Colorado
    2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
    3. Charlottesville, Virginia
    4. Fort Collins, Colorado
    5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
    6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
    7. Provo-Orem, Utah
    8. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
    9. Barnstable Town, Massachussetts
    10. Anchorage, Alaska
    11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
    12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
    13. Salinas, California
    14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
    15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
    16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
    17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
    18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    19. Manchester-Nashua
    20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
    21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC Metro Area
    22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota
    23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
    24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
    25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas