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Is Boulder really the happiest, healthiest city in the US?

Boulder Happiest US City: Gallup Poll

The Boulder Daily Camera ran a story on Monday that announced that “Boulder rated ‘happiest and healthiest’ city in U.S. in new Gallup poll”.  As of 11:30 pm Monday night, the on-line version sported 96 comments, most of them decidedly unhappy about the reality of life in Boulder.

With a little research on the Gallup Polling site, (here is a link to their entire story, “Among Large Cities, San Jose and D.C. Lead in Well-Being”) we find that while the entire poll involved interviews with over 353,000 Americans conducted between January and December, 2009, the sample size for Boulder was a whopping 388 people.

Still, those 388 people generated the highest “Well-Being Composite Score” of 72.5… almost 2 full points ahead of third place Honolulu, HI.  For comparison, Fort Smith, AR was at the bottom at 59.5.  The highest ranking large metro area was San Jose, CA at 69.2

Personally, as bad as things are for some people right now economically, I can’t think of any other place I’d rather ride out the Great Recession… and for so many reasons, it’s a great place to be Jewish.

About Editor

I'm David Fellows, and I've served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and I've written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I was also a professional photographer from 1978 to 1988 (although you never really stop...). I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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