National Geographic Names Boulder, CO The ‘Happiest’ City In The United States

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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.”

The 25 Happiest Cities. Image: National Geographic/Jon Bowen

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.


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2 thoughts on “National Geographic Names Boulder, CO The ‘Happiest’ City In The United States

  1. it’s pretty obvious the author just extrapolated all this bs from some random stats about boulder.
    anyone that’s lived there and loves to ski/snowboard can you tell you that very few people can afford to live in boulder, and those that do struggle with outrageous rents and slumlord-owned, decaying apartments.

    It can take in excess of 3 hours just to get to loveland, and you can add another add for abasin if the pass is closed and traffic is bad, which it almost always is–and i’m not even talking about weather-induced traffic problems. I”m talking about too many people on the road–sheer volume of cars–clogging up i70 on a sunny day w/ no new snow accumulation in weeks.

    I’m also sure the local cycling community isn’t “happy” about losing 5+ members of it’s community this past year, several of which occurred in notoriously dangerous stretches of road that the county and town continue to do absolutely nothing about.

    But hey, keep posting these bs articles so that people move to boulder instead of the good spots.

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