Why is This the Happiest City in America?
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) You ever see those people who are always smiling? No matter what they're doing: driving, shopping or even pumping gas, they are doing it with a smile. Are they really that happy to be inhaling fumes? Is it a habitually worn smile-mask or are they just that dang contented?
Maybe so, if they live in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas America's happiest city, according to the Harris Poll Happiness Index.
In fact, one-third of Americans say they are very happy and apparently where you live has a lot to do with it. Americans in Dallas/Fort Worth are more likely than those in any of America's other top markets to qualify as "very happy" (with 38% qualifying as such, vs. a 10-city average of 33%).
The least-happy Americans among the Top 10 markets in the U.S. live in San Francisco, with only 28% of its residents qualifying as "very happy."
Here are the Top 10 Happiest Cities in the U.S. (from happiest to least-happy):
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (38% "very happy")
These happy Texans are most likely to say their spiritual beliefs are a positive guiding force to them (75%) and that they rarely worry about their health (59%), as well as being among the least likely to feel their voices are not heard in national decisions that affect them (67%).
But even America's happiest city shows room for improvement. Dallas/Fort Worth residents are among the Americans least likely to agree that they have positive relationships with their family members (though it's worth noting that 83% do agree with this sentiment), and they among the most likely to agree that they rarely engage in hobbies and pastimes they enjoy (34%).
Houston, Tex. (36% "very happy")
Like their neighbors in north Texas, Houston residents are also among those most likely to say their spiritual beliefs are a positive guiding force to them (79%) and among the least likely to feel their voices are not heard in national decisions that affect them (67%).
However, Houston residents stand out from those of most other markets in that, well, they don't stand out in any negative way, attitudinally speaking.
Philadelphia, Penn. (34% "very happy")
Philly residents are most likely to say their relationships with friends bring them happiness (92%) and that they're generally happy with their lives at this time (86%), while being the least likely by far to agree that they won't get much benefit from the things they do anytime soon (24%).
Like Houston residents, Philadelphians don't appear to have any especially negative sentiments.
Atlanta, Ga. (34% "very happy")
Atlanta residents are among those most likely to agree that they are optimistic about the future (81%) and that their spiritual beliefs are a positive guiding force to them (77%), as well as being among the least likely to feel their voices are not heard in national decisions that affect them (67%).