For the record, Boulder, Co. is the happiest city in America, due in large part to smoking pot and playing ultimate frisbee, brah, but also in small part because of those mountains! At least according to a survey of 353,000 Americans. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measure the happiest and unhappiest cities to live in.
Nine of the 10 cities that fare best on “life evaluation,” assessments of life now and expectations in five years, boast a major university, a big military installation or a state Capitol — institutions that presumably provide some insulation from recession.
Overall, the top 10 cities include four in California, two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Hawaii. Of them, only the Holland, Mich., and Washington, D.C., metro areas are located in the Eastern or Central time zones.
So basically, live near a beach, a place you can smoke pot, be either Mormon or devoutly Catholic and it helps if you’re a politician with government funded health care.