What makes a happy city? Is it the climate? Weather? Is it the people or the variety of things to do? How about the living wage? The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental right for us Americans, and if you’re living in a place that doesn’t make you happy, it’s easy to forget that. WalletHub recently conducted their annual study of the happiest cities in the US, and their results might actually be quite surprising.


1. Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina has six extremely happy cities, but its capital, Raleigh, came out on top. Established in 1792, Raleigh is the second-biggest city in the state and home to myriad local, historical attractions. Although it's primarily known as a university town, there's something for everyone to do there. Whether you're looking to move or just to visit, you can take the Raleigh Beer Trail or wander the grounds of the William B. Umstead state park.

Downtown Raleigh at night Mark Howard / Getty Images

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