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Happiness is Living in Texas: Study Looks for Happiest Cities in America

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March 20 is International Day of Happiness and in honor of this day, WalletHub wanted to find out if money really does, in fact, buy happiness. The personal-finance website released its report on 2018’s Happiest Cities in America last week, in advance of this auspicious occasion, allowing the news to sink in. Was Texas home to some of the country’s most happy-go-lucky people?

In order to glean whether Americans were very content with their lives, WalletHub compared over 180 of the country’s largest cities over 28 integral data factors for studying happiness. Reviewing details such as rate of depression, income-growth rate, and average leisure time spent each day, they discovered some interesting facts.

Happiness is Living in Texas: Study Looks for Happiest Cities in America

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Of the 20 happiest U.S. cities, two were from Texas. Plano ranked at number 5, while Grand Prairie ranked at number 10. Out of all 180 urban centers, El Paso had the lowest depression rate, and 10.3 percent (2.9 times lower than the city with the largest percentage, which was Salem, Oregon.) Laredo was identified as having the lowest number of suicides per 100,000 people (also noted as being 5.5 times lower than the city with the highest rate, which was Missoula, Montana at 29.18.)

Happiness is Living in Texas: Study Looks for Happiest Cities in America

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Other key indicators that were of note were separation and divorce rates, the adequate amount of sleep rates, and average commute times – all of which played significant roles in overall happiness. To view the full report and compare your Texas city’s overall rank in America, visit the link provided here. And, if your city didn’t rank, or you’re perhaps not living in an urban setting, never fear – you’re living in Texas and that’s basically the equivalent to happiness!