The 10 Most Cheerful Cities In America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gallup and Healthways' annual Well-Being Index measures the health and happiness of residents living in metropolitan areas around the country. Healthways recognizies well-being based on five elements; Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical.

Healthways defines the purpose category as "liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals; social as "having supportive relationships and love in your life"; financial as "managing our economic life to reduce stress and increase security"; community as "liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community"; and physical as "having good health and enough energy to get things done daily".

The survey itself ranks cities and states based on six factors "life evaluation", "emotional health", "work environment", "physical health", "healthy behaviors" and "basic access".

The poll draws on a data set of 1.9 million completed surveys since Gallup and Healthways began the survey in 2008. This year's survey went out to 178,00 people in 189 metropolitan areas across the country between January 2 and December 29 2013.

Based on those survey results, these are the 10 Most Cheerful Cities in America...

#10 - Lincoln, NE

The capital of Nebraska is the second most populous city in the state with 265,404 residents. The service industry is responsible for most of the city's economic activity, with state and city jobs employing most of the residents. The survey ranks the city second in work environment and eleventh in life evaluation.

#9 - San Francisco - Oakland - Fremont, CA


The population of the Bay area is 4.5 million including San Francisco, which is home to 837,442 people. The area ranks ninth in life evaluation, ninth in physical health and fourth in the nation in healthy behaviors.

#8 - San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA


San Luis Obispo County is home to 269,637 residents and ranked first in work environment, fifth in emotional health and third in healthy behaviors. Service jobs account for 38% of the county's jobs , while government jobs account for 20.7%.

#7 - Naples-Marco Island, FL


Located in southwest Florida, Collier County has a population of 321,520. The area ranks second in emotional health, fourth in physical health and fourth in work environment.

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#6 - Ann Arbor, MI


Ann Arbor's population of 113,934 makes it the sixth largest city in Michigan and home to the main campus of the University of Michigan. The city ranked first in the country for life evaluation in the survey.

#5 - San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA


San Jose is the third largest city in California with the metropolitan area housing 945,942 residents. The city ranked second in physical health, seventh in healthy behaviors and ninth in work environment.

#4 - Honolulu, HI


The state capital of Hawaii is home to 390,738 residents and made a three spot jump from last year's list. The state of Hawaii ranked eighth in the state rankings. The city ranked first in emotional health and seventh in life evaluation.

#3 - Fort Collins-Loveland, CO


The 728 responders from this area in northern Colorado were happy enough to rank their area third on the well-being list. The cities, towns and municipalities in the metropolitan area are home to 245,638 residents. The city ranks third in work environment.

#2 - Boulder, CO


This town located 25 miles northwest of Denver and in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is home to 97,385 people and the main campus of the University of Colorado. The city is second on the list for two years in a row ranking fourth in life evaluation and fifth in the nation in healthy behaviors.

#1 - Provo-Orem, UT


Provo and Orem, Utah are two cities located in the state's mid-western region with a combined population of 526,810. A 2013 survey by Gallup ranked the area as the most religious in the United States with 77% of residents describing themselves as "very religious". The city ranked second in life evaluation and seventh in emotional health.

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