What criteria would you use to describe a happy city? Would it be a city where people laugh a lot, a city where there are many happy people and animals, people are walking around the city with a smile on their face? Would humming birds be one of your factors? Well, although all this sounds nice, the Harris Poll Happiness Index ranks cities according to happiness based on life evaluation, environment, access to basic necessities, emotional and physical health, as well as job satisfaction. Basically, in order for a city to be considered happy, it needs to obtain good living standards. Nobody always smiles and nobody is happy all the time. But this is what makes people feel good about their life. So, according to the Harris Poll, these are the 10 happiest cities in America, ranked from the bottom to the top.
10. San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco is the least happy of the 10 happiest U.S. cities. According to the Harris Poll, around 28% of people living in this city consider themselves very happy. San Francisco has been rated one of the ten happiest cities in America for over 8 years. In 2013, it was the seventh happiest city.
It seems that the number of happy and satisfied people has dropped, but the living standards are still good and this city isn’t expected to fall off this list any time soon. Many citizens of San Francisco would tell you that they couldn’t imagine living anywhere else – they have everything – great views, amazing beaches, some of the best street food scenes, and great music and art scenes (in fact, some of the best in the country).
Besides having all this, San Francisco is also one of the healthiest and fittest cities in the U.S. However, 46% of all citizens worry about their health. On the other hand, 72% of all citizens are very optimistic about their future. All things considered, it’s really not strange that San Francisco is among the happiest U.S. cities.