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Old 05-01-2016, 10:47 AM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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Of all the cities you've lived in or visited, in which cities did it appear that the residents were generally happy? As in, you could tell they loved life and were generally happy with themselves, not concerned about what others had or about others' appearances.

Don't use any online reports, because those are never accurate. I'm asking YOU for your own judgment.

I've noticed that cities in the southeast that have better economies but aren't idolized for extreme wealth (like SoCal) generally have really happy people. It's partly due to the religious influence and community vibe, I guess. When I was in Hampton Roads VA, people seemed overall happier with life and I could tell it was genuine. Strangers laugh a lot about everything even if it's not that funny, but in a good-spirited way.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Norfolk (ODU)
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Haha I've moved here to Norfolk (Hampton Roads) about eight years ago and I'm very happy with the decision. I think the greatest draw to this area is the fact that there are so many beaches and things to do recreational wise. I've been here for all these years and still haven't seen the whole metro area. The wages here aren't the very best but the quality of life makes up for it and that's why I think a lot of locals love the area.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:49 AM
 
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Haha I've moved here to Norfolk (Hampton Roads) about eight years ago and I'm very happy with the decision. I think the greatest draw to this area is the fact that there are so many beaches and things to do recreational wise. I've been here for all these years and still haven't seen the whole metro area. The wages here aren't the very best but the quality of life makes up for it and that's why I think a lot of locals love the area.
Moved to the Hampton Roads/VA Beach metro ten years ago and love it here, very happy and satisfied with the decision.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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These are obviously huge generalizations so take it with a grain of salt but

Columbus, OH = Pretty happy. Low cost of living, lots of opportunities to socialize, a lot of young professionals, professional/grad/college students so a very laidback and fun loving environment. Minimal traffic.

D.C. = Stressful commutes, high cost of living, stiflingly hot summers, lots of type A personalities, insane traffic.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Salida, Colorado. Everyone I met there was genuinely happy to be there. Nice little town, close to hiking and a river for white water rafting. Hippie vibe and a good percentage of transplants
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA >Austin, TX
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Here in Austin, TX. The people seem genuinely happy when I'm out and about. That's one of the first things I noticed when I moved here last year.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Nowhere on the east coast, that's for sure.

People from Wisconsin all seem pretty happy to me. Not really thinking of one city in particular. Madison, Milwaukee, even smaller places like La Crosse seem to have decently content, friendly people.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:11 AM
 
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These are obviously huge generalizations so take it with a grain of salt but

Columbus, OH = Pretty happy. Low cost of living, lots of opportunities to socialize, a lot of young professionals, professional/grad/college students so a very laidback and fun loving environment. Minimal traffic.

D.C. = Stressful commutes, high cost of living, stiflingly hot summers, lots of type A personalities, insane traffic.
I agree with this about DC, especially if you live outside the district and live a commuting lifestyle .traffic and gridlock and 1 hour traffic jammed commutes home rarely make for a happy lifestyle
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:12 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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I agree with this about DC, especially if you live outside the district and live a commuting lifestyle .traffic and gridlock and 1 hour traffic jammed commutes home rarely make for a happy lifestyle
That's because DC is all about the rat race and climbing up the social ladder. When you cram millions of people into a metro area like that, throw in lots of power (via government jobs) and money, I don't see how you could ever have a generally happy populace. It's a metro full of social climbers and that's all it ever will be.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:45 PM
 
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Tidewater area VA, Wilmington NC, Charleston SC, Savannah GA. That stretch of coast seems to be an extremely laid-back, beautiful, relaxed area where people are really genuinely friendly and happy. Those are all great areas we love to visit.
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