Does money buy happiness? The answer is yes and no.

Sure if you make a ton of money, you might be happy.

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On the other hand, if you have so much coin you could swim in it like Scrooge McDuck, but you live in a pitiful wasteland of a town, it won't matter all that much.

A new study by Wallethub outlined the happiest cities in America and lo and behold one of the cities where people are the most cheery is in Wisconsin.

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It's a far cry from the news that came out last week mentioning Wisconsin as one of the least friendly states in the US.

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WalletHub looked at three different metrics to figure out the happiest cities in America.

  • Emotional & Physical Well-being
  • Income & Employment
  • Community and Environment
Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash
Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash
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The happiest city in America is Fremont, California. They rank 1st in Emotional & Physical Well-Being and 2nd in Community and Environment. Both of those factors helped Fremont snag the top spot. Income and Employment were ranked 46th in Fremont. Good but not great. To me, Fremont is ripe to be picked off the list in 2023.

Fremont, Photo by Sid Verma on Unsplash
Fremont, Photo by Sid Verma on Unsplash
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A little further down, coming in as the 6th happiest city in America, is Madison.

Madison could easily be considered the "happiest" city in the US because they rank in the 10s in all three metrics from WalletHub.

  • 10th in Emotional & Physical Well-Being
  • 11th in Income & Employment
  • 19th in Community & Environment
Madison, Photo by Alek Olson on Unsplash
Madison, Photo by Alek Olson on Unsplash
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Only Irvine, California seems to be in a better position to steal the top spot next year ranking 5th, 16th, and 12th in all three WalletHub categories.

Irvine, Photo by Ariel Blanco on Unsplash
Irvine, Photo by Ariel Blanco on Unsplash
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The question is if you've lived in Madison, is it really one of the happiest cities in America?

Do you agree with WalletHub? Do you think Madison deserves its high ranking? Tell us.

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