Despite the many things currently going on the world — in particular the US — there are still many towns where its residents (for the most part) feel content, happy, and heard. WalletHub just released their Happiest Cities in America list for 2019, and we have a feeling that some of these spots may surprise you. Whether you live in one of these cities or want to plan a visit (who wouldn’t want to go to a happy town?!), they’ve all excelled in a few big categories for happiness, including emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment. From sunny California towns to Arizona’s desert, keep reading to see all 20 of the country’s happiest cities.
1) Plano, Texas
Unless you’ve been here, we’d wager you had no idea Plano, Texas — which is about 20 miles north of Dallas — was known for being such a happy place. It boasts that famous small-town Texas spirit and is speckled with 84 beautiful parks, making it easy to get outside and appreciate your natural surroundings. It also hosts the Plano Balloon Festival, which takes place in late Summer or early Fall, and is a beautiful sight to see.
2) Irvine, California
Irvine is a small coastal city located in Orange City that offers beautiful hiking, perfect weather year-round, and countless cultural and historical destinations. It’s considered one of the safest cities in the US, and also one of the smartest, considering it’s home to eight universities. Stop by Balboa Pier to catch a gorgeous sunset, or visit the Orange County Great Park and climb aboard the magnificent antique carousel that has a massive orange helium balloon anchored to it.