Michigan City Comes in Last on List of Happiest Cities in US

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A recent study conducted by WalletHub assessed the happiness levels of 182 major U.S. cities, considering factors like emotional and physical well-being, income and employment, and community and environment. The findings indicated that Detroit, Michigan, emerged as the least happy city in the nation, scoring unfavorably across all three dimensions.

Why is Detroit Facing Unhappiness?

Detroit has grappled with economic and social challenges for decades, including issues like poverty, unemployment, crime, racial segregation, and urban decay. Notably, in 2013, the city filed for bankruptcy, marking the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Since then, efforts have been underway for recovery. According to the report, Detroit ranked 180th for emotional and physical well-being, 181st for income and employment, and 179th for community and environment.

How Does Detroit Compare To Other Michigan Cities?

While Detroit was not the sole Michigan city on the list, it stood out as the lowest-ranked. Grand Rapids, the next lowest-ranked Michigan city, secured the 92nd position and outperformed Detroit across all three dimensions, particularly in income and employment. Ann Arbor, the highest-ranked Michigan city, claimed the 8th spot, excelling in emotional and physical well-being.

What Are The Happiest Cities In The US?

The study identified Fremont, California, as the happiest city in the U.S., followed by Overland Park, Kansas, and San Jose, California. These cities demonstrated high scores across all three dimensions, especially in income and employment. The report highlighted California, with six out of the top 10 cities. Additional factors contributing to their happiness included health, education, leisure, and diversity.


WalletHub’s report underscored significant variations in happiness levels across U.S. cities, influenced by diverse factors impacting residents’ quality of life. Detroit, Michigan, emerged as the least happy city, grappling with longstanding economic and social issues. Other Michigan cities, such as Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, showed better happiness levels but lagged behind the top-ranked cities, predominantly situated in California. The report suggested that enhancing the well-being, income, and environment of cities could potentially elevate their happiness levels in the future.

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