These Are the Happiest Cities in the U.S. for 2024

In the vast and varied tapestry of the United States, the western region emerges as a beacon of contentment, as unveiled in WalletHub's latest exploration for the year 2024. Dubbed the "Happiest Cities in America," this intriguing study casts a spotlight on 11 urban havens nestled within the West, with Fremont, California, reigning supreme for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.

The methodology behind this captivating list is as rigorous as it is comprehensive. WalletHub's analysts sifted through a mosaic of 182 of the nation's bulkiest cities, encompassing the 150 most populous along with a minimum duo from each state, to dissect and examine across three pivotal dimensions: Emotional & Physical Well-Being, Income & Employment, and Community & Environment. The evaluation was grounded on an intricate web of 29 metrics, ranging from the Life-Satisfaction Index and depression rates to more tangible measures like income-growth rate and the prevalence of adequate sleep.

Fremont, a gem in the Bay Area's crown, not only boasts the distinction of having nearly 80% of its households earning above $75,000, underscoring the complex interplay between affluence and euphoria but also shines with the highest rates of life satisfaction, among the lowest depression rates, and enviable longevity. Moreover, this city claims the lowest separation and divorce rate nationally at 8.9%, alongside a remarkably low percentage of adults experiencing frequent mental health challenges.


Yet, Fremont is not an outlier in the realm of bliss within the Bay Area. San Jose, securing the third spot, is celebrated for the nation's highest average life expectancy, coupled with minimal rates of separation, depression, and suicide. It stands out for scoring exceptionally on the Community Well-Being Index and Life-Satisfaction Index by Sharecare.

Venturing beyond the confines of Northern California, the list unveils a diverse array of locales spanning from Irvine, California, at fifth place, to the tranquil shores of Honolulu, Hawaii, and the vibrant streets of Seattle, Washington, rounding off at eighteenth. Each city, with its unique allure, contributes to the Western region's representation as a stronghold of happiness.

Dive into the intricacies of this study and the full top 20 roster, which extends beyond the West to cities like Overland Park, Kansas, and Madison, Wisconsin, beckoning a closer examination of what constitutes the essence of happiness across America's urban landscapes.

Take a look at the top 20 list below and read the whole report here.

1. Fremont, California
2. Overland Park, Kansas
3. San Jose, California
4. Madison, Wisconsin
5. Irvine, California
6. Honolulu, Hawaii
7. San Francisco, California
8. Pearl City, Hawaii
9. Columbia, Maryland
10. Scottsdale, Arizona,
11. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
12. Huntington Beach, California
13. Minneapolis Minnesota
14. Garden Grove, California
15. San Diego, California
16. Fargo North Dakota
17. Portland, Maine
18. Seattle, Washington
19. Lincoln, Nebraska
20. Bismarck, North Dakota