Where can you find the happiest Americans? Some of them are right here in the great state of Texas, according to a new study by National Geographic.
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The travel magazine compiled its 2017 list of the 25 happiest cities in America and the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area ranked No. 25. Austin was the only Texas city to make the list.
The list was compiled by National Geographic, Gallup and best-selling author Dan Beuttner. They conducted 250,000 interviews with adults from 2014 to 2015 in 190 metro areas across the U.S. The survey asked questions relating to physical, social, community, and financial well-being.
Happiness was measured on 15 metrics, including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. According to Buettner, locals in happier places socialize for several hours a day and have access to green spaces, feel financially secure and take plenty of vacations.
Topping the list of 25 happiest cities in America was Boulder, Colo. The city’s walkability, sense of community, access to nature and sustainable urban development help contribute to the city’s happiness.
Meanwhile, Santa Cruz- Watsonville, Calif.; Charlottesville, Va.; Fort Collins, Colo.; and San Luis Obispo, Calif., rounded out the top five. Read more on the study and see the full list from National Geographic.