The No. 1 Happiest City in America Is …

You may be pretty happy with where you live. But does your resident city crack the list of happiest places to live in the country? With help from WalletHub, we count down the top 15 cities.

15. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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This South Dakota city has made WalletHub’s list of happiest cities on more than one occasion. It cracks the top 15 in 2019 by being ranked third across the country when it comes to cities with a high rate of residents who get adequate amounts of sleep.

Next: Coming in at No. 14 …

14. Austin, Texas

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The SXSW festival location is another city that commonly makes the cut for being one of the happiest cities in the country. According to KUT News, people are drawn to Austin for its live music scene and natural beauty, and people who go there for school often end up staying around.

Next: Coming in at No. 13 …

13. Santa Rosa, California

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A handful of California cities make WalletHub’s list and Santa Rosa is an obvious choice. As the biggest city in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa sits right in the heart of California’s wine country. Plus, WalletHub considers it the ninth-best city in the country when it comes to having a friendly community.

Next: Coming in at No. 13 …

12. Overland Park, Kansas

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Through the vast number of cities in the U.S. WalletHub ranks Overland Park first overall when it comes to its residence getting quality sleep. In addition to apparently getting their Z’s, Overland Park residents also reportedly have a very low divorce rate.

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11. Bismarck, North Dakota

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Whether or not you can get a job in a city can really have an effect on whether the people living there are happy. Beautiful Bismarck, North Dakota has the fourth-best employment rate in the country according to WalletHub, so it’s no wonder it cracked the top 15.

Next: Coming in at No. 10 …

10. San Francisco, California

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The home of sourdough bread, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge rounds out the top 10 happiest cities in the U.S. San Francisco is a transplant city that attracts growing companies and people who move from all over for work — it’s no wonder it tops all cities as having the highest income growth.

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9. Scottsdale, Arizona

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As Livability explains, there’s more to Scottsdale than golf courses and spring training baseball. This family-friendly city is packed with things to do whether you want to stay inside and check out a museum or get outdoors and take in the parks scene.

Next: Coming in at No. 8 …

8. San Jose, California

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Once just a small city south of San Francisco, San Jose has grown and developed its own identity as part of Silicon Valley. Thanks to a plethora of things to do and good weather the majority of the year, WalletHub ranks San Jose first overall when it comes to the physical well-being of its residents.

Next: Coming in at No. 7 …

7. Grand Prairie, Texas

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This little Dallas-Fort Worth community “offers amenities appealing to young professionals, growing families and seniors alike,” according to GPTX.org. Plus, the cost of living isn’t too shabby and there are safe neighborhoods and schools.

Next: Coming in at No. 6 …

6. Fargo, North Dakota

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Contrary to what the Coen brothers movie that bears this city’s name in its title may depict, Fargo is considered one of the happiest places in the country. WalletHub has it ranked fourth overall when it comes to residents getting quality sleep.

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5. Huntington Beach, California

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How can you not be happy when you live by the beach, right? No wonder this Southern California city breaks the top five. WalletHub ranks this sunny spot fourth overall when it comes to residents participating in sports — no wonder it also ranks so high when it comes to its residents’ physical well-being.

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4. Fremont, California

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It may not get the same attention that neighboring Bay Area cities like Oakland and San Francisco get, but Fremont consistently ranks among the happiest cities in the country year after year. When it comes to having a safe community, Fremont ranks first overall according to WalletHub.

Next: Coming in at No. 3 …

3. Madison, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s capital is community-focused and encourages its residence to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer. In 2014, Business Insider applauded Madison for its great air quality, culture, and low amount of concentrated poverty. 

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2. Irvine, California

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Of all the happy cities in California, Irvine outdoes them all. WalletHub tells us it has a high level of participation in sports and other activities, giving it great marks for physical well-being. Plus, Irvine ranks second overall when it comes to having a low rate of separation and divorce.

Next: Coming in at No. 1 …

1. Plano, Texas

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This Dallas suburb, which typically makes the top 10 in the yearly ranking of the happiest cities in the country, checks off all the boxes. WalletHub has found its residents to have wonderful emotional and physical well-being, which probably also explains why it has such a low rate of separation and divorce.

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