Irvine and Huntington Beach Make Top Ten List of Happiest Cities in America

We always kind of figured living in Orange County makes people happy. Now we have some statistics to back it up! To celebrate International Day of Happiness today, personal-finance website WalletHub released a survey of the happiest cities in America. Our own Irvine and Huntington Beach are in the top 10 happiest cities, coming in at No. 8 and 9, respectively. We’ve been sharing great things about those cities with Orange Coast readers for quite some time, as you will see if you peruse the November 2017 issue, “52 Great Saturdays.” Keep an eye out for the April issue of Orange Coast, Top New Restaurants, and you’ll find at least four places in Irvine and/or Huntington Beach we love. Plus our May issue will feature reasons to love every one of the 34 cities in our county. For now, here are a few recent examples of things that make us happy in Huntington Beach and Irvine:

From our November issue’s 52 Great Saturdays cover story: 
Irvine Improv
Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine
Horseback rides at Irvine Regional Park
Tanaka Farms tours in Irvine
→Unlocked Escape Room in Irvine
Yoga on the Beach in front of SeaLegs in Huntington Beach
→Huntington Beach Pier Swim
→Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach
Oktoberfest in Huntington Beach

From our October Issue’s Best Burgers in O.C.:
The Stand in Irvine
The Cut in Irvine
Mick’s Karma Bar in Irvine
Umami Burger in Irvine
Burnt Crumbs in Irvine AND Huntington Beach
→Slater’s 50/50 in HB
Tanner’s in Huntington Beach
→Watertable in Huntington Beach

The Cut- Photo by Priscilla Iezzi

Top 20 Happiest Cities in America

  1. Fremont, CA
  2. Bismarck, ND
  3. San Jose, CA
  4. Pearl City, HI
  5. Plano, TX
  6. Fargo, ND
  7. Sioux Falls, SD
  8. Irvine, CA
  9. Huntington Beach, CA
  10. Grand Prairie, TX
  11. Madison, WI
  12. Columbia, MD
  13. San Francisco, CA
  14. Scottsdale, AZ
  15. Overland Park, KS
  16. Santa Clarita, CA
  17. Glendale, CA
  18. Oakland, CA
  19. St. Paul, MN
  20. Gilbert, AZ

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