It's always sunny in Florida, right? Well maybe not always, but WalletHub did just release their list for 2019's Happiest Cities in America and three Florida cities are in the ranking, so we must be doing something right!
WalletHub researchers based their definition of "happiness" on a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction, and financial well-being. Their research illustrates that moving to a certain city can help you feel overall happier.
WalletHub drew upon positive-psychology research to determine the happiest cities out of 182 largest U.S. cities. WalletHub examined factors such as depression rate, income-growth rate, and average leisure time spent per day.
Each city was ranked on their emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment. Based on that, they received a score out of 100 for their level of happiness.
Three Florida cities, Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines, and Cape Coral ranked in the top 50 of the list. With a score of 61.96, Port St. Lucie was placed at #45 on the list. Port St. Lucie is 50 miles north of West Palm Beach and home to about 200,000 residents.
At number 28, Pembroke Pines, Florida scored 64.51 out of 100. Pembroke Pines is home to over 160,000 residents and is around 20 miles from Miami, bordering the Everglades. Cape Coral ranked just above Pembroke Pines at number 24 and a score of 64.96. Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals, alongside golf courses and parks.
Other Florida cities ranked high in different factors of the happiness score. Miami, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale, and Pembroke Pines all tied first for the lowest depression rate in their cities.
Other than Florida, other cities on the list were found in California and Texas, with 14 and eight cities respectively. The top 50 happies cities were primarily located in the midwest or on the west coast.
All the meanwhile studies confirm Florida is also home to some of the most aggressive drivers in all of the US. Guess we can't be great at everything!
Read WalletHub's full report here.