honolulu_400_01According to an article in USA Today, a massive new study by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of Americans' attitudes shows that Honolulu is America's Third Happiest City.

The Gallup-Healthways Index did interviews with more than 353,000 Americans during 2009, asking them to assess their jobs, finances, physical health, emotional state of mind and communities.

"Residents of large cities — those with a population of 1 million or more — generally report higher levels of well-being and more optimism about the future than those in small or medium-sized cities. In small cities, at 250,000 or less, people are more likely to feel safe walking alone at night and have enough money for housing."

Nine of the 10 cities that fare best on "life evaluation," assessments of life now and expectations in five years, boast a major university, a big military installation or a state Capitol — institutions that presumably provide some insulation from recession.

The top 10 cities include four in California, two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Hawaii.  I'm surprised we aren't #1!  Who doesn't want to live in Hawaii? 

This helps explain the high price of Hawaii real estate - you pay to be happier :)