According to National Geographic, Boulder, CO is the ‘Happiest’ city in the United States. The list was based on a 15-metric system that compared everything from healthy diet, to engagement in the community, to vacation time, and even visits to the dentist.
“There’s a high correlation between bikeability and happiness in a city. In Boulder you’re more likely to hear the whoosh of a cyclist than the shrill of a siren compared to places like Dallas, Tallahassee, or Los Angeles. Cities like Boulder question the unquestioned virtues of development,” says best-selling author Dan Buettner. “This benefits visitors, who can experience an emphasis on greenery, a high-quality culinary community, limited marketing onslaught and no billboards.”
Boulder, CO is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430ft. The city is located 25 miles northwest of Denver, which makes for an easy commute for residents that work in the state’s capital city. Boulder has easy access to Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, which keeps ski-enthusiast residents happy.
“Bolstered by a sense of community, access to nature, sustainable urban development and preservation policies, and perhaps even that clean mountain air, Boulderites overwhelmingly feel “active and productive every day,” stated National Geographic.