Where are the Happiest Cities in America?
In a three part series, the Today Show’s Cynthia McFadden accompanied Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner to Denmark, Costa Rica, and Singapore to learn why they have such happy residents. In the final installment, which you can watch below, they discussed the happiest cities in the U.S., as well as tips for what you can do boost your own personal happiness.
The Top 5 Happiest Cities in America:
- Boulder, CO
- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Charlottesville, VA
- Fort Collins, CO
- San Luis Obispo, CA
What metrics are universal to the happiest places in the country?
In the happiest places, residents have trust (in their police, neighbors, and local government); good walkability and people-friendly design (sidewalks and safe streets); access to nature (parks, open spaces, trees); civic engagement; clean environment; access to affordable dental care; access to healthy food; and high rates of healthy behaviors (restrictions on smoking, less drug abuse, less obesity).