A new study is out that ranks the best and worst cities in the United States concerning happiness and one Texas city is sitting very close to the top.

Of course, multiple factors can impact your happiness. The personal finance website SmartAsset is behind this latest study.


They reviewed a number of factors across 90 of the nation's largest cities, including how many residents earn $100,000 or more, life expectancy, marriage rates, and traffic volume.

While there are a lot of other things to weigh that may influence your happiness, these variables -- based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute's County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report -- help give a general idea of perceived happiness.

So, what is the happiest city in America?

The happiest city in the U.S., according to the study, is Arlington, Virginia. (Arlington is just outside of Washington, D.C.)

Across the 11 "happiness metrics" measured, Arlington ranked within the top 10 in seven of those.

It ranked tops in life expectancy at 85.3 years and a whopping 62.8% of households earning $100,000 or more.

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Coming in at #2 is...

Plano, Texas!

The north Texas city had solid scores across the board. The percentage of households earning $100,000 or more was a solid 52.5%.

Life expectancy was up there at 82.2 years. The rate of health insurance coverage was 89.5%, while the poverty rate was only 4.9%.

City of Plano, Texas Government, Facebook
City of Plano, Texas Government, Facebook

Not all coming up roses for Texas

While Plano did well, the results were a bit mixed for the rest of the state.

Three of the state's cities landed in the bottom 10 of SmartAsset's report.

The lowest ranking for a Texas city was the border city of Laredo, which came in at No. 89 (second-to-last only ahead of Detroit, Michigan).

Here are the complete rankings:

While a few Texas cities may be happy, the United States as a whole may not be as jovial as we once were.

The World Happiness Report, which was released in March, ranked the U.S. at #23 overall. That's the first time in the report's 12-year history that we haven't been in the top 20.

The decline in America's happiness score seems to be due in part to a significant drop in the well-being of young people. Just looking at the happiness of people under 30, the U.S. ranked in 62nd place.

However, for people over the age of 60, the U.S. came in 10th place.

Come on y'all, get happy!

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