Two Florida Cities Ranked Happiest Places To Live in America

Two Florida cities have made National Geographic’s list of the happiest places to live in the United States.

Those cities were not in South Florida, but along the state’s west coast: Naples and Sarasota.

The Naples area was ranked number 11 on National Geographic’s list, noted for its tropical climate and Gulf Coast beaches. The areas of Immokalee and Marco Island were also included in the ranking.

The Sarasota metropolitan area (included with Bradenton and North Port) was ranked number 14, lauded for art galleries and circus exhibits.

A total of 190 metropolitan areas were analyzed for the study. Along with a team of Gallup social scientists, bestselling author National Geographic and explorer Dan Buettner used a specially crafted index to pick the 25 happiest cities in America.

According to the study, 15 key metrics were measured to determine a city’s happiness, including healthy eating, civic engagement, vacation time and financial security.

The happiest city in America, according to the study, is Boulder, Colorado.