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These Cities In America Have The Happiest Residents According To A 2022 Study

Mar. 2 2022, Published 12:45 p.m. ET

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Since the pandemic allowed millions of people to work from the comfort of their home, they took the opportunity to go ahead and move to a location they've always dreamed of. While some folks opted for towns that had lower expenses, others packed their bags to find a house in a sunnier region of the country.

However, saving more money doesn't always lead to a happier life, as evidenced by WalletHub's recent study, which took a variety of factors into consideration to determine which cities in America have the most content residents.

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To do so, they looked at 182 spots across the country and ranked them on 30 aspects, such as depression rate, highest income growth, lowest separation or divorce rate and fewest work hours.

Each city received a score out of 100, and each aspect fell under one of three categories: Emotional & Physical Well-Being (which makes up 50 percent of the score), Income & Employment (25 percent), and Community & Environment (25 percent).

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Taking the top spot was Fermont, Calif., which is located in the Bay area. It received a total score of 77.13, and ranked number one in the Emotional & Physical Well-Being category, number two in Community & Environment and number 46 for Income & Employment.

In second place was Columbia, Md., which scored a 71.64 overall. It nabbed the third spot in Emotional & Physical Well-Being and fifth in Community & Environment, but it landed at number 161 for Income & Employment.

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Rounding out the top three was San Francisco, Calif., with a score of 71.15 which took the top spot in Income & Employment, the third slot for Emotional & Physical Well-Being, and fifth for Community & Environment.

California had three other cities make the top 10.

At the other end of the list was Detroit, Mich., which came in last with a score of 32.31. It took the 179th slot for both Emotional & Physical Well-Being and Income & Employment, while receiving the 177th spot for Community & Environment.

In the second to last spot was Gulfport, Miss., which came in a tad higher with an overall score of 34.71. To see the rest of the list, check out WalletHub's website.


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