WalletHub based their rankings on three different key factors, including emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment.
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Whether it's going for a walk, spending time with loved ones, or treating yourself to a nice meal, most people actively look for ways to bring joy into their lives. According to a new WalletHub survey, where you live can influence how happy you are. To determine the happiest cities in America, the company compared 182 of the most populated cities in the country across three key categories, including "Emotional & Physical Well-Being," "Income & Employment," and "Community and Environment." The team evaluated those dimensions using 30 different metrics, like job satisfaction, physical health, and ideal weather. The top spot went to Fremont, California, which earned a total score of 77.13 out of a possible 100.

Following Fremont, WalletHub rounded out the top five happiest cities with Columbia, Maryland (71.64 overall score, three for emotional and physical well-being, 161 for income and employment, and five for community and environment), San Francisco, California (71.15 overall score, four for emotional and physical well-being, one for income and employment, and 44 for community and environment), San Jose, California (71 overall score, two for emotional and physical well-being, six for income and employment, and 55 for community and environment), and Irvine, California (70.38 overall score, five for emotional and physical well-being, 16 for income and employment, and 12 for community and environment).

The cities that WalletHub gave the lowest rankings to included: Montgomery, Alabama (35.54 overall score, 174 for emotional and physical well-being, 180 for income and employment, and 161 for community and environment), Huntington, West Virginia (35.53 overall score, 182 for emotional and physical well-being, 39 for income and employment, and 141 for community and environment), Memphis, Tennessee (34.86 overall score, 176 for emotional and physical well-being, 181 for income and employment, and 172 for community and environment), Gulfport, Mississippi (34.71 overall score, 181 for emotional and physical well-being, 153 for income and employment, and 151 for community and environment), and Detroit, Michigan (32.31 overall score, 179 for emotional and physical well-being, 179 for income and employment, and 177 for community and environment).

The company also assessed cities based on specific metrics. When considering cities with the highest adequate sleep rating, South Burlington, Vermont, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Overland Park, Kansas, Seattle, Washington, and Rapid City, South Dakota took the top five spots. The cities with the lowest depression rate included: Pearl City, Hawaii; Fremont, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; San Jose, California; and Irvine, California.

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