25 happiest US cities

Six of the 10 happiest U.S. cities are in California — in part because of residents' high incomes, according to a ranking published Dec. 20. 

The list comes from financial technology company SmartAsset, which analyzed the 200 largest cities in the U.S. based on 13 metrics across three categories: personal finance, well-being and quality of life. Read more about the methodology here

Analysts also determined the three least-happy cities: Birmingham, Ala.; Newark, N.J.; and Memphis, Tenn. 

The 25 happiest cities, according to SmartAsset: 

1. Sunnyvale, Calif.

2. Arlington, Va.

3. Bellevue, Wash.

4. Fremont, Calif.

5. Frisco, Texas

6. Plano, Texas

7. Roseville, Calif.

8. San Jose, Calif. 

9. Santa Clarita, Calif.

10. Irvine, Calif. 

11. Huntington Beach, Calif. 

12. Madison, Wis. 

13. Alexandria, Va.

14. San Francisco

15. Seattle

16. Boise City, Idaho

17. Hayward, Calif.

18. Honolulu

19. Raleigh, N.C.

20. Austin, Texas

21. Glendale, Calif.

22. Virginia Beach, Va.

23. Fort Collins, Colo.

24. Anchorage, Ala.

25. Santa Rosa, Calif.

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