Have Researchers Found the Happiest City in America?

After polling cities across the country, Harvard researchers, in conjunction with the Vancouver School of Economics, have created a list of the happiest and unhappiest cities in the U.S. Cities were asked the poll question, “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?” Residents were then asked to respond whether they were very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied, of very dissatisfied with their life.

Based on the survey data, along with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the researchers were able to put together a list. Once everything was compiled, who came out on top? Lafayette, Louisiana was named the happiest city in the country. New York City was named last. 

Lafayette boasts such perks as a mild average temperature, a high median income, and a relatively low median monthly rent. 

What do you think about the results of the list, how about the way the poll was administered? Maybe it’s just us, but the question “How satisfied are you with your life?” seems like it might be tricky to answer definitively. Maybe the results of the poll could be changed to “The Most Optimistic City in America.” 

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