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Movoto's Ten Happiest Mid-Sized U.S. Cities -- and the Colorado City That's Not Boulder on It

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On numerous occasions, Boulder has been named the happiest city in America. So naturally we assumed Boulder would top Movoto's list of happiest mid-sized cities -- a category for which Boulder qualifies. But no: While one Colorado place made the cut, it's not called Boulder.

Which community from this fair state finished near the top? Count down the top ten below, complete with photos and excerpts from Movoto text, followed by an explanation about methodology.

See also: Photos: Top Ten U.S. Cities for Douchebags -- Including Two in Colorado

Number 10: McKinney, Texas

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We [begin] our tour of America's happiest mid-sized cities in the Lone Star State, where smiles certainly aren't an endangered species -- especially not in McKinney. Maybe it has something to do with all that wedded bliss in the air? That wouldn't be surprising considering more people in McKinney are married than in any other place on our top 10 list: 63 percent, resulting in an eighth place overall rank for marriage....
Number 9: Thousand Oaks, California
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Thousand Oaks was also named one of our safest mid-sized cities recently, but that's not the only reason its residents are smiling. In addition to that distinction, which earned it an eighth-place finish on this list in terms of safety, it also placed sixth overall for income (with 9 percent of households making under $25,000 a year) and ninth overall for home ownership (more than 70 percent of its houses are owner-occupied).....
Continue to keep counting down the ten happiest mid-sized U.S. cities according to Movoto.


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Alex Wolff
Alex Wolff

Yeah because boulder fucking sucks

Dave Dupuis
Dave Dupuis

I agree Paul Andrew Rennix, the metrics used to determine the rankings will decide the outcome. I'd like to believe it was fairly scientific, and the cities weren't first identified, then the metrics designed. At least they explained how they got the results. Arvada is a pretty nice colorado burb, can't argue with that.

Josh Makelky
Josh Makelky

I've always felt like Yuma was a happy place. Maybe it was the meth talking....

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

How did Arvada get on this list? BORING, can't even get decent ethnic food there. However, very good schools and nice parks but not one of the top ten in the whole nation.

La Weyrd
La Weyrd

Btw...one thing common about most of these cities is the level of conservativeness... Which begs a question regarding the correlation of happiness with average intelligence...just not gonna ask it right now...heh

La Weyrd
La Weyrd

I have an Arvada zip code...but really, I'm Arvada adjacent...lol

Paul Andrew Rennix
Paul Andrew Rennix

change the metrics used to determine the list and the list will change every time.

Mikey Sabatino
Mikey Sabatino

Lot of snobs in Arvada if you took that offensively your probably one.

D.j. Stone
D.j. Stone

Arvada is the worst city in denver full of a bunch a white trash dick holes

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Everyone knows progressives can't stand themselves.  They love to whine and moan and wring their hands and tell others what to do, but while their little hearts bleed they are filled with self-loathing.


Jazus!  Loony, loopy liberals - go figure.  

Jason Koehn
Jason Koehn

Number 10? We must not have paid off the right people this year.

Alden Condict
Alden Condict

Arvada? Meh. Never really felt like home to me there when I lived there for several years. The people there are jerks. I'll take Bellevue, WA. Arvada won't sell liquor after 9:30 or 10 pm. Good thing Denver is close where they don't have those stupid rules.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

see what happens Boulder Colorado when you don't want people to smoke cigarettes on the 16th Street Mall have some more superiority laws

Carrie Spyra
Carrie Spyra

Sorry, Boulder will alwaysa be #1 on my list :)

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

No, don't tell people that. Then all the douche bags will move here.

Chris Bryant
Chris Bryant

No Mr. Higgins, you need not say more, brother. We won. This list is hoopla.

Jessica Weed
Jessica Weed

Kristina Rael Rice another reason to love your new home ;)

Zach Carsel
Zach Carsel

I knew it was either Arvada or Westminster. Well being and contentment just seems to radiate from the very earth around there.

Chris Bryant
Chris Bryant

I mean Boulder had to give others a chance one year. We'll be back.

Stuart Higgins
Stuart Higgins

This list must be targeted towards lazy ass Americans who have never seen the light of a hiking trail

Stuart Higgins
Stuart Higgins

The flatirons are our backyard... Need I say more

Don Deal
Don Deal

Very happy to live in Arvada

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@fishingblues Thanks for sharing your thoughts, fishingblues. We're going to feature this post as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

jonesinaeus
jonesinaeus

It's a good place to be raised or raise kids.  Hard to imagine just zipping in for a few years without trying Denver or something first.


I believe the alcohol rules changed awhile back but it doesn't really faze me, considering i'm not an alcoholic who runs out of booze after 10pm and desperately needs more so bad that it affects my perception of a suburb surrounded by other surburbs and cities...I'm a grown-up with a stocked liquor cabinet and enough beer to get me through the night :D  Not sayin' you're an alcoholic either and probably just a young person with funny priorities, but it's a pretty curious thing to comment about.  There are no more Sunday blue laws and Westminster has Total Beverage open 'til midnight. 

jonesinaeus
jonesinaeus

There's something to be said about stability.  Making "over $25K" isn't rich, it's "living wage territory" if you think it is you're probably focusing your energies on the wrong people and this will always serve the interests of the people with true wealth.  Even at $250K, those mid-level CEOs and doctors and lawyers are still working for a living.  As you get into the investment class you're talking about making millions every year simply for having millions in the first place, and multiplying your wealth without generating any true productivity.  That crowd laughs at all ten of these spots.

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