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Posted on: August 31, 2016

BA Makes Happiest Cities List

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According to Zippia.com, Broken Arrow is the second happiest mid-sized city in the United States. It's something many of us already know, but it's great that other organizations are recognizing what a great place this is to live!

Here's an excerpt from the article on Zippia.com:

"How We Came Up with this List"

In order to make something concrete (this list) of something pretty subjective (happy places), we needed real data—we’re talking numbers—to do it right. We looked at the following criteria:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for America’s mid-sized cities (the 201st to 500th largest.)

We then ranked each place from one to 300 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest. (Any ties were given to the larger place!)

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place, with the lowest overall Index winning the title “Happiest Big City in America.”

Read the entire article here.

See the Top 10 Happiest Cities List
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