Or at least California has the most large cities.
According to a new analysis from WalletHub, California has seven of the twenty happiest cities in the country. Three of the seven happy California cities are in Southern California: Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Glendale.
Anaheim does not make the top twenty. It’s number 29.
WalletHub thinks that Fremont, California, is the happiest city in the country.
Garden Grove is number 27, so it’s happier than Anaheim but glummer than Glendale.
Long Beach is number 70. C’mon, Mayor Garcia — you can do better… than Los Angeles, which is number 75.
Stockton is the least happy California city, ranked number 154.
So many California cities appear in the ranking because California has the largest population of any state in the nation — and the largest number of large cities. WalletHub ranks the 180 largest cities based on 28 happiness indicators, but the first thing a city has to do is get on that list of 180 largest cities.
For fun, let’s compare Long Beach and San Francisco, both cities which pride themselves on their progressive lifestyle. Long Beach happens to be in the outer ring of Orange County Breeze’s coverage area.
|Overall Rank (1=Best)||City||Total Score||‘Emotional & Physical Well-Being’ Rank||‘Income & Employment’ Rank||‘Community & Environment’ Rank|
What this tells me is that, as a percentage of the population, there are a lot more highly-paid residents of San Francisco who have leisure time to go to the gym. Conversely, there is a chunk of low-income Long Beach weighing down that city’s ranking.
But their overal ambience is similar — that is, San Francisco’s “Community & Environment Rank” is much, much lower than you would expect considering its stellar achievement in attracting high-paying jobs with employees who take care of themselves.
What gives, Mayor Farrell?
Even though our little cities here in northwest Orange County will never appear in a ranking of the 180 largest cities, I firmly believe that they are among the happiest places to live, work, go to school, and play.