Richmond.com, reports on Wednesday that Richmond, Virginia is the "most content area" in America, according to a recent study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research. Why was Richmond charted as the happiest city in the country? Even though there is bickering over baseball stadiums, schools, transportation, and potholes, there are still great things to love about Richmond, affectionately called the River City. The Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday concurs that Richmond is a happy place to live.
According to WTOP News, Richmond, Virginia, is the happiest metro area with a population of more than 1 million.The Norfolk-Virginia Beach area in Virginia where Pharrell Williams is from came in at No. 2 followed by Washington, D.C., in third. (See the top 10 list below).
While Richmond is America’s most contented area, New York its unhappiest metropolitan area as indicated by the study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research that relies on a large survey that asks respondents about their satisfaction with life.
The list of the top 10 happiest metro cities are listed in order of the happiest:
- Richmond, Virginia
- Norfolk-Virginia Beach Virginia
- Washington, D.C.
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Houston, Texas
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Nashville, Tennessee
- West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Florida
- Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, New Jersey
Researchers found that people may be deciding to trade happiness for other perks, such as less happiness for higher incomes or lower housing costs. The study's co-author, Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics says, "Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness" Also, the study examined what makes people relocate or stay put when considering their happiness.
The writer of this article is a resident of Richmond, Virginia, and while she can't speak about everyone else, she is quite happy here compared to other places where she has lived.