13 Happiest American Cities

San Diego

San Diego is known for its sunny weather and world-class zoo, thus it fits the happy list. San Diego International Airport, ranked second by the Wall Street Journal.

Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach placed 21st on WalletHub's ranking of America's best-run communities and first for civic services.

Oakland, California

Oakland, San Francisco's less-glamorous neighbor, can boost your bank account. WalletHub ranked the city first for income growth, followed by San Francisco.

Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota's capital, is happy and job-friendly. Early 2023 unemployment is 2.7%.


Some might think Seattle would rank low on a happiness list due to its rainy reputation. Seattle receives less annual precipitation than Boston, Houston, Miami, New York, or Washington, D.C.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlington had the fewest weekly work hours, which may have helped it rank fourth in cities with the most adequate sleep. Burlington is America's first 100% renewable energy city.

South Burlington, Vermont

South Burlington has half of Burlington's population. However, it tops the happiest places list thanks to its high sports-participation and adequate sleep rates.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls, with around 196,000 residents. Most citizens work. Sioux Falls had 1.9% unemployment in early 2023.

Columbia, Maryland

Columbia, in Baltimore, has many advantages. That ranking comprises life expectancy, sports activity, and proper sleep.

Irvine, California

Irvine has several colleges in sunny Los Angeles. Irvine excelled in various happiness research variables.

San Francisco

Open the Golden Gate. WalletHub says you may be happy in San Francisco, a dream city for many. San Francisco's income-growth rate was second only to Oakland's.

Overland Park, Kansa

Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb, ranked second in WalletHub's 2022 list of best towns for families and is happy.