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Guess who ranks in the top 10 happiest cities in America?

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Every once in a while, it’s good to take a minute to appreciate, celebrate and be proud of the city where you live and work. Sometimes the reason to celebrate is that your sports team is crushing it like the Royals did last year. But one reason we can celebrate today is a recent list we saw that had the top 10 happiest cities in America. The list was compiled by Zippia, a career search company. (Thanks to Paul, our Director of Investment Services, for seeing this article recently and thinking it would be a great blog post!)

The reason we love the list is that it’s not arbitrary. It’s based on scientific data captured about the 200 largest cities in America. You can argue pros and cons about each data point leading to “happiness.” But the general idea is that people are happier when they have money, can afford a reasonable lifestyle, and can spend time having and raising a family in a safe environment with good schools.

The Data:

  • Education (percentage of population with a degree)
  • Employment (based on unemployment rates)
  • Average length of commute to work
  • Cost of living
  • Having a family (percentage of population that is married)
  • Owning a home
  • Having money (based on poverty rates)

The List of 10 Happiest Cities in America:

  1. Olathe, KS
  2. Overland Park, KS
  3. Cedar Rapids, IA
  4. Sioux Falls, SD
  5. Bellevue, WA
  6. Cary, NC
  7. Gilbert, AZ
  8. Virginia Beach, VA
  9. Chesapeake, VA
  10. Frisco, TX

We are proud to live and work in Kansas City and we hope you are too!