Photos: Ten happiest American cities -- and the two Colorado places on the list

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Big photos below.
Boulder frequently tops the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index -- popularly known as the happiest cities list.

Not this year -- although Boulder and one other prominent Colorado community place high in the rankings.

Continue to count down the photo-illustrated top ten, complete with blurbs from each city's Wiki page and the complete report.

Number 10: Lincoln, Nebraska

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Lincoln was founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster, and became the county seat of the newly created Lancaster County in 1859. The capital of Nebraska Territory had been Omaha since the creation of the territory in 1854; however, most of the territory's population lived south of the Platte River. After much of the territory south of the Platte considered annexation to Kansas, the legislature voted to move the capital south of the river and as far west as possible. The village of Lancaster was chosen, in part due to the salt flats and marshes.
Number 9: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
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San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former prison on Alcatraz Island, and its Chinatown district. It is also a primary banking and finance center.
Continue to keep counting down the ten happiest American cities -- and the two Colorado places on the list.


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22 comments
Jon Haliburton
Jon Haliburton

So I was just joking about Denver blowing, it's actually just Brent Koenker that blows. Denver could've made this list too if he didn't live here. He should probably kill himself so Denver can be put in the top ten.

Clark Snyder
Clark Snyder

Editors aren't needed, fire the lot of 'em and buy more weed!

Brent Koenker
Brent Koenker

It must blow to have the last name Haliburton....

Jon Haliburton
Jon Haliburton

Boulder and Ft Collins only "winds" because Denver blows.

Clayton Warwick
Clayton Warwick

Winding is tough to do on a regular basis. Sometimes you wind, sometimes you don't. Regardless of whether you wind or not, kudos to the Westword for always displaying journalistic excellence.

Kerri Peek
Kerri Peek

Boulder is oppressive and expensive. Denver baybee!

John Schilling
John Schilling

Who writes this patently absurd crap. If a CO city is on the list it's only because the inhabitants (Boulder, Loveland, even Denver) are too silly to realize rocks do not make a person happy.

Theresa Nowak-Burdick
Theresa Nowak-Burdick

Very surprised abt Colorado 's rating...I will be going there next month for the first time ever!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

San Franticsisco is one of the most edgy towns I've been to. FAIL on that one.

Bethy Deverick McCune
Bethy Deverick McCune

Mary KB ONeill you flock to the happiest cities. I knew you were on to something!

Tai Kahn
Tai Kahn

So I guess if the LDS says you're happy, you are happy. They must have got number 1 by telling people so, "No, trust us, they are happy, not repressed and ass backwards."

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Maybe they'll read your post and stop being happy.

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