C’mon, get happy.
March 20 is the International Day of Happiness, founded in in 2012 by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien recognizing the state of happiness as a “fundamental human goal.”
To honor this “holiday,” personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Happiest Cities in America on Monday.
Don’t look for Miami on this list.
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The site compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 28 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time per day. Editors were curious if money played a role.
“For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being,” wrote the editors. “However, money can only make you so happy – people who make $75,000 a year won’t get any higher satisfaction from more money.”
The median income in Miami-Dade is $51,800, according to another recent study geared toward homebuyers.
And what about Miami? It was ranked a lowly No. 126. That’s very unhappy. Hialeah didn’t fare much better — it’s No. 124.
So, who’s No. 1?
Fremont, California, which has the lowest separation and divorce rate, at 16.52 percent.
Three other cities in California were in the Top 10 — San Jose at No. 3, Irvine at No. 8 and Huntington Beach at No. 9.
Texas fared fairly well in the contentment survey — Plano clocked in at No. 5 and Grand Prairie closed in at No. 10.
OK, so one South Florida city squeaked into the 50-and-up cut: Pembroke Pines at No. 49.
Fort Lauderdale, at No. 91, almost didn’t clear the top 100.