National Geographic teamed up with social scientists to identify the places in the U.S where Americans are living their best lives so to speak. Everything from healthy eating to vacation time to dental check ups were taken into account. Here are the top 25 happiest cities in the U.S according to this study:

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz, CA
  3. Charlotsville, NC
  4. Fort Collins
  5. San Luis Obispo, CA
  6. San Jose, CA
  7. Provo, UT
  8. Bridgeport, CT
  9. Barstable, MA
  10. Anchorage, AK
  11. Naples, FL
  12. Santa Maria, CA
  13. Salinas, CA
  14. North Port Sarasota, FL
  15. Honolulu, HI
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. San Francisco, CA
  18. Colorado Springs, CA
  19. Manchester, NH

  20. Oxnard, CA
  21. Washington D.C
  22. Minneapolis, MN
  23. San Diego, CA
  24. Portland, ME
  25. Austin, TX

According to this study, In happier places locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have easy access to green spaces and nature, and feel that they are making significant progress toward achieving goals in their lives. As you can see  our very own Manchester holds the number 19 spot. And although we are not higher up in the list, I am proud of us for being on it! We have to deal with WINTER and are still managing to be happy. So put that in your snow blower, CALIFORNIA!!!

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