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10 Happiest Cities in America

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10. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
This MSA ranked well for Physical Health and Life Evaluation, but it’s overall ranking was hampered slightly by it’s poor performance in terms of Work Environment.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:49PM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

What is it with the east that makes people miserable? Hmmmm...
I love living in San Jose :) Weather is perfect, and it's not as expensive as other parts of Cali!
I pay $900/month for rent for a one bedroom in a nice area.
I pay $25/month to fill up my Prius (thanks Toyota! thanks GasBuddy app)
I pay $25/month for car insurance (from 4AutoInsuranceQuote)
I pay $50/month for cable/internet.
Apart from that.. food is pretty cheap too... much more so than when I lived in NYC.
San Jose can't be beat :)

4:27PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

A good friend living in Lincoln, NE was shocked - she didn't realize how happy she was!

7:09PM PST on Dec 3, 2011


4:51AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

I visited Honolulu Hawaii, during my teens, I loved it. Brings back good memories. I actually had a chance to travel with my family across the whole U.S.A , I guess I was happy all the time. Beautiful landscapes, sightseeing. Lived in San Francisco, beautiful city with even more beautiful people; once went to a small city Carmel and I just fell in love with it. Good article, thank you.

1:54AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

i wanna move

8:09AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011


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6:14PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Why do I have to click through 14 pages to complete this article. Surely there has to be a better way to do do things.

10:55AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Notice Los Angeles was not on the list................LOL

8:09PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Utah really? I can completely see any where in Hawaii being awesome.

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