Relaxation Nation: The Happiest Cities in America

“Relaxation Nation” is Rick Limpert’s monthly column on recreation, sports technology and travel that can be exclusively found on Modern Life Discussions.

In the 80’s singer and songwriter, Bobby McFerrin, said “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now

Well, WalletHub has picked up where McFerrin left off and released their study of “The Happiest Places to Live.”

Top 20 Happiest Places to Live
1 Fremont, CA            11 Chula Vista, CA
2 San Jose, CA            12 Santa Clarita, CA
3 Irvine, CA                13 Scottsdale, AZ
4 San Francisco, CA     14 Garden Grove, CA
5 Sioux Falls, SD         15 Madison, WI
6 Huntington Beach, CA      16 Gilbert, AZ
7 San Diego, CA                  17 Overland Park, KS
8 Oakland, CA                   18 Anaheim, CA
9 Santa Rosa, CA            19 Plano, TX
10 Washington, DC         20 Glendale, CA

Key Stats

Los Angeles has the lowest depression rate, 9.99 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Portland, Ore., the city with the highest at 24.62 percent each.

Brownsville, Texas, has the lowest number of suicides per 100,000 residents, 5.02, which is 5.3 times lower than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the highest at 26.41.

Washington has the lowest share of adults who’ve experienced a heart attack, 2.07 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in Knoxville, Tenn., the city with the highest at 6.94 percent.

Madison, Wis., has the highest volunteer rate, 40.4 percent, which is three times higher than in Miami, the city with the lowest at 13.4 percent.

Fremont, Calif., has the lowest separation & divorce rate, 17.72 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 47.31 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

Happiest Cities

Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News,, and in Sports Illustrated.

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