Where can you find happiest Americans? Look no further than the Sunshine State, according to a new study published by National Geographic. The travel magazine compiled its 2017 list of the 25 happiest cities in America and two Florida metro areas made the cut.
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The Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area ranked No. 11, thanks to its beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, tropical climate, and its status as one of the country’s wealthiest areas, according to National Geographic.
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area came in at No. 14 on the list. The region along Florida’s west coast boasts a number of unique attractions, including the Ringling Museum and its Ca’ d’Zan waterfront mansion. Let’s not forget Sarasota also is home to America’s No. 1 beach, Siesta Key.
National Geographic, Gallup and best-selling author Dan Beuttner worked together to produce the list, conducting 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, and happiness was measured on 15 metrics, including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options.
Boulder, Colo., topped the list of happiest cities thanks to the area’s walkability, sense of community, access to nature and sustainable urban development. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz- Watsonville, Calif., came in at No. 2 and Charlottesville, Va., ranked No. 3. Read more on the study and see the full list from National Geographic.