Clap along: Fort Collins, Boulder among happiest cities

Chalk up another best-of rankings triumph for Fort Collins and Boulder.

A Gallup poll released Friday indicated that residents of the Fort Collins-Loveland area were more likely than anywhere else in the country to be satisfied with the city or area in which they live. A whopping 94.9 percent of local respondents participating in the 2012-2013 survey said they were satisfied with Fort Collins and Loveland.

Boulder landed fifth on the list with 92.8-percent resident satisfaction. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California; Holland-Grand Haven, Michigan; and Billings, Montana were second, third and fourth, respectively. Denver-Aurora was 24th.

Gallup and Healthways asked survey participants about their satisfaction with the city where they live as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. At least 300 adults in each of 189 metro areas were surveyed during the two-year study.

Eighty-five percent of participants nationally said they were satisfied with the area where they live. The city with the lowest satisfaction was Rockford, Ill. at 72.8 percent, followed by Stockton, Calif.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Flint, Mich.; and Jackson, Miss.

In addition to overall satisfaction, Fort Collins-Loveland also just missed the top 10 for city optimism. Nearly three-quarters of Fort Collins-Loveland residents responding said they believe the area is getting better.


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