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Plano Ranks As Texas's Happiest City (Again)

Texas didn’t show up in the list until Plano in 35th place
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Plano, Texas, continues to bask in its reputation as a bastion of contentment, with recent findings by WalletHub positioning it as the Lone Star State's happiest urban enclave. This recognition doesn't come as a surprise to locals, who praise the city's combination of suburban peacefulness, excellent educational institutions and rich multicultural diversity.

Texas did not appear until Plano ranked at No. 35 on the list. Austin came in second with an overall ranking of No. 66 in the country, while Irving came in at No. 104.

Moreover, Plano's triumph in the happiness stakes isn't an isolated occurrence. As reported by Local Profile, in a previous study conducted by WalletHub, the city shone brightly, boasting commendable rankings in community engagement and environmental quality, a testament to its commitment to fostering a sustainable and inclusive urban landscape. Last year, Local Profile also reported that the city was also named among the happiest places to live in the U.S.

The report ranked 182 cities according to a number of factors, including emotional and physical well-being, income and employment and community and environment. The study then examined each city based on 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from the depression rate to the income-growth rate to the average leisure time spent per day.

The report also found that the key ingredients to happiness include a positive mental state, a healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being. But, money only gets you so far — people who make $75,000 a year don’t get any higher satisfaction from more money. The U.S. is also one of the wealthiest countries, but it ranks only 15th on the World Happiness Report.

For the full list of rankings, interested readers can visit WalletHub's website.

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