The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a third of Americans to be so stressed that they sometimes find it hard to make basic decisions. Therefore, it’s vital for people to boost their happiness however they can, whether through family, friends, activities, entertainment or work. What people might not realize is that where they live may also determine how happy they are.
This year, in an effort to identify whether a person’s residency location impacts their overall emotional state WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among major U.S. cities are home to the happiest people in America. Each city was analyzed through 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from the depression rate to the income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day. 182 of the largest cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — were studied based on three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Income & Employment and 3) Community & Environment
Aurora, IL., the state’s second-most populous city, ranked 21 out of 182 for residents with the overall best Emotional and Physical wellbeing. The City also ranked #8 in terms of best Community & Environment, which looked at residents’ daily leisure time, park and greenspace acreage, weather, and more. Each city’s final score was determined by its average score across all dimension metrics.
Read the full report by Wallethub, here.