If you live in Sioux Falls and love it, the answer to this question could be multi-faceted and rather lengthy. But why do the information experts at Wallet Hub rate our happiness so highly?

With economic problems stressing out 83% of Americans, seeking out happiness can be a real skill, but apparently here in Sioux Falls, we're better at it than most other cities.

And according to numerous studies, money can only buy you so much real happiness anyway. I don't know about you, but I'd like to find that out for myself!

All kidding aside, the scientists at Wallet Hub did the due diligence for this happiness study, and out of 180 of the largest cities in the United States, Sioux Falls is the 8th happiest!

As with any ranking of this kind, there are numerous factors that contribute to it. Wallet Hub crunched numbers from 3 main categories, including; A) Emotional and Physical Well Being, B) Economic Opportunity, and C) Community and Environment.

Sioux Falls has several major employers including healthcare systems, financial institutions, and manufacturing companies, so our unemployment rate is low, and opportunities fairly high.

Sioux Falls's quality of life is also high and compared to cities of a similar size - -the crime rate and cost of living are also relatively low. Our city is still a pretty welcoming place, hosting numerous community events and festivals throughout the year, which fosters a strong sense of belonging.

There is also an extraordinary park and recreation system offering access to all kinds of outdoor and indoor activities. Not to mention lots of shopping opportunities too.

For a city the size of Sioux Falls, we also have a variety of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, art galleries, music venues, and over 700 restaurants.

These are the Top 10 Happiest Large Cities in the U.S.- -

  1. Fremont, CA
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Overland Park, KS
  5. San Franciso, CA
  6. Irvine, CA
  7. Columbia, MD
  8. Sioux Falls, SD
  9. South Burlington, VT
  10. Burlington, VT

For more information and to see the complete study just check out Wallet Hub.

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