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San Diego ranks 18th among happiest American cities

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 20:48:04-04

(KGTV) - Feeling good, San Diego? America’s Finest City is also one of the happiest cities in the U.S., a study shows.

Major metropolitan areas were ranked by WalletHub on 31 indicators of happiness, including income growth, depression rates, and average leisure time. The indicators were used to create scores for emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment.

San Diego came in 18th overall. Although the city was in 8th place for well-being, the community score was 46, and income was 36.

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Other San Diego County cities, Chula Vista and Oceanside, ranked 27th and 34th, respectively.

The top scoring cities include:

1. Plano, TX
2. Irvine, CA
3. Madison, WI
4. Fremont, CA
5. Huntington Beach, CA

Detroit was last, ranking 128th.

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The study showed some regional trends for different happiness factors. Four of the cities with the lowest depression rates were in Florida. The top cities for adequate sleep were in the Midwest. But the city that never sleeps - New York - didn’t make the top five for inadequate sleep rates. That dubious honor was held by Detroit.

Source: WalletHub