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Market Insights April 13, 2023

Northern California Dominates List of Happiest Cities in America for 2023

Recent data from WalletHub suggests that Northern California may be a great place to relocate for a higher quality of life and happiness. According to the study, three cities in the region ranked in the top five happiest cities in the US. Fremont claimed the top spot for the second consecutive year, followed by San Jose and San Francisco. Factors such as emotional and physical well-being, community and environment, and income and employment were evaluated to determine the rankings. The study draws on psychological research, which shows that locations with more resources tend to have happier people. Additionally, a city’s economy, particularly the amount of economic equality among residents, can contribute to their happiness. As Northern California residents, we can attest to the region’s natural beauty, innovative spirit, and diverse communities, making it an ideal place to call home.


So, without further ado, here are the happiest cities in the U.S. for 2023, according to WalletHub:


Fremont, California

For the second year in a row, Fremont takes the top spot as the happiest city in America. Located in Northern California, Fremont boasts the top emotional and physical well-being rank and community and environment rank. While its income and employment rank is not as high as some other cities on the list, Fremont’s overall quality of life and resources make it a top destination for those seeking happiness.


San Jose, California

Also located in Northern California, San Jose comes in at number two on the list. It has the second-highest emotional and physical well-being rank, and a strong income and employment rank, which helps contribute to the city’s overall happiness. While its community and environment rank isn’t as high as Fremont’s, San Jose still has plenty of cultural and natural resources to offer residents.


San Francisco, California

Coming in at number five on the list is San Francisco, a city known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, steep hills, and bustling tech industry. While its income and employment rank is higher than most other cities on the list, its community and environment rank is lower. Despite this, San Francisco still offers residents plenty of resources and opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life.


Rounding out the top 5 are Madison, Wisconsin, and Overland Park, Kansas.


So if you’re looking for a change of scenery and a happier quality of life, consider making a move to one of these Northern California cities. As a real estate company based in this region, Corcoran Icon Properties is proud to serve these communities with a footprint of 25 offices spanning all over Northern California, including San Jose and San Francisco. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced agents can help you find the perfect home to suit your needs in these vibrant and thriving communities. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and let us assist you in adding a little more joy to your life.