According to this article, if you live in the west you're "happy" if you live in the south you're not so happy. Do you feel happy in the city/town where you live, or do you want to get out of where you live and move to a place where you will be happy? Western cities fare best in well-being index http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-02-15-cities_N.htm By Susan Page, USA TODAY Feeling down? You might consider a move to Boulder, Colo. A massive new study of Americans' attitudes concludes that the city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is home to the happiest, healthiest people in the United States. At the bottom of 162 large and medium-sized cities: Huntington, W.Va. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on interviews with more than 353,000 Americans during 2009, asked individuals to assess their jobs, finances, physical health, emotional state of mind and communities. Click the above link to see how your city ranks. "Most of our highest-scoring cities are found out West and most of our lowest-scoring cities are in the South," says research director Dan Witters. Wealthier communities typically score higher. Residents of large cities those with a population of 1 million or more generally report higher levels of well-being and more optimism about the future than those in small or medium-sized cities. In small cities, at 250,000 or less, people are more likely to feel safe walking alone at night and have enough money for housing. The study provides a city-by-city portrait of the nation's mood and a potential tool for policymakers. Nine of the 10 cities that fare best on "life evaluation," assessments of life now and expectations in five years, boast a major university, a big military installation or a state Capitol institutions that presumably provide some insulation from recession. Overall, the top 10 cities include four in California, two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Hawaii. Of them, only the Holland, Mich., and Washington, D.C., metro areas are located in the Eastern or Central time zones. Many of the bottom 10 are in economically embattled regions. Three are in the Alleghenies and three in the Rust Belt. Only Shreveport, La., and Modesto, Calif., are west of the Mississippi. Boulder's setting, including a greenbelt of public lands around the city, may help explain its top ranking, Mayor Susan Osborne says. "We tend to have lots of opportunities for being outside," she says. The jobless rate is 5.7%, below the nation's 9.7%. In his annual "state of the city" address Saturday, Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe said budget cuts and layoffs were needed for his city to deal with the economic downturn. The city's jobless rate is 7.8%. There are some places where people seem naturally upbeat. Baton Rouge is 44th overall, but in "life evaluation," the Mississippi River city is first. How does your city rank in well-being? A city-by-city look at how Americans feel about their jobs, their health, their lives and their futures.