Southern Nevada Communities Rank Low In New Survey On "Happy Cities"

Reno Is Much Happier Than We Are

Mitch Kelly
March 10, 2020 - 6:45 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - With March 20th being International Day of Happiness and with the aim to find out whether money really does buy happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020’s Happiest Cities in America and, safe to say, southern Nevada residents aren’t that cheery.

WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. WalletHub examined each city based on 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from depression rate to income-growth to average leisure time spent per day. 

Four of the communities surveyed are in Nevada and none of them score very well.

Reno rates the best, but they still come in at 77th place. Still, that’s a full basket of sunshine compared to how southern Nevada did.

Henderson ranked 103rd, North Las Vegas 150th. Las Vegas? 154th. Guh

In spite of a much higher cost of living, many central and southern California communities scored high in the survey, with Fremont, California topping the list as the Happiest City in the U.S.

Rounding out the Top 5: Plano, Texas, San Jose and Irvine, CA, and Madison, Wisconsin.

Two cities in Ohio and two in West Virginia are in the Bottom 5: Cleveland ranked 178th, but (according to the survey, at least) that’s still a happier place than Huntington, WV, Toledo, Charleston, WV, and – holding the title of the Least Happiest City in the U.S:

Detroit.

For a look at the full survey, click here.