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Ranked: 25 Happiest Cities In The United States, 2018

The happiest city in America is Fremont, California, according to the WalletHub report, with Bismarck (North Dakota), checking in at No. 2 and San Jose (California) finished at No. 3. Pearl City, Hawaii is ranked 4th out of 182 cities on the list.

Plano, Texas, rounded out the top five. The sixth spot went to Fargo (North Dakota) followed by Sioux Falls (South Dakota), Irvine (California), Huntington Beach (California), and Grand Prairie (Texas)

Interesting note from the 2018 list: California had 4 of the top 10 cities and 8 of the top 20 cities.

As for the opposite side of the spectrum, Detroit (Michigan), which finished at the bottom of the heap last year, pulled a repeat again in 2018.

The list is based on factors like emotional and physical well-being, income and even sports participation.

If you’re curious how your hometown may have fared, here are the 25 happiest cities in the U.S.

  • 25. Irving, Texas
  • 24. Des Moines, Iowa
  • 23. Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 22. Santa Rosa, California
  • 21. Austin, Texas
  • 20. Gilbert, Arizona
  • 19. St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 18. Oakland, California
  • 17. Glendale, California
  • 16. Santa Clarita, California
  • 15. Overland Park, Kansas
  • 14. Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 13. San Francisco, California
  • 12. Columbia, Maryland
  • 11. Madison, Wisconsin
  • 10. Grand Prairie, Texas
  • 9. Huntington Beach, California
  • 8. Irvine, California
  • 7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 6. Fargo, North Dakota
  • 5. Plano, Texas
  • 4. Pearl City, Hawaii
  • 3. San Jose, California
  • 2. Bismarck, North Dakota
  • 1. Fremont, California

The rankings also include the glummest cities. They are:

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Huntington, West Virginia
  4. Gulfport, Mississippi
  5. Little Rock, Arkansas
  6. Charleston, West Virginia
  7. Wilmington, Delaware
  8. Mobile, Alabama
  9. Columbus, Georgia
  10. Cleveland, Ohio

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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