25 of the Happiest Small Towns in America

Apparently, water does wonders for a person's sense of content.

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If your goal in , then it's time to move to (or at least visit) one of these quaint places. Everything we know about them, including what their residents have to say, is the definition of positive — and we can see why.

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Blacksburg, VA
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Blacksburg, Virginia

Not only does this Virginia Tech college town boast winning sports teams, but it also has the of people with incomes above $25,000 and the 17th lowest violent crime of any town. Plus, the .

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naples, florida
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Naples, Florida

in the Sunshine State is voted the , based on physical health, social ties, financial security and sense of purpose of residents. It doesn't hurt that it's a popular beach town for dolphin-spotting either.

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Charlottesville, Virginia

Nicknamed , this historic place offers a sense of community, higher education (the University of Virginia) and other amenities usually reserved for larger cities. And it's not far from Shenandoah either.

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Stillwater, Oklahoma

Since the average commute time, cost of living and unemployment rate are all very low in this Midwestern town,  also have . Even better: Nearby Oklahoma State University offers endless activities to keep people busy.

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State College, Pennsylvania

We'll start by saying this town is located in what's If that's not enough, it's one of the in the country, it has an average commute time well below average and most residents own their own homes.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

This island is and is known for its Atlantic Ocean beaches and golf courses. It covers a total area of 69-square-miles and one of the easiest ways to get from one point to the another . Hello, endorphins!

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Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

The largest is also home to some of the , partly because clinical depression is less likely in sunny beachside locations. It's also home to several famous clam shacks and nature trails with stunning water views.

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Oak Hill, Tennessee

About 17 miles outside of Nashville is , which offers folks access to city life as well as quiet country living. Nature lovers will appreciate that there's no commercial development and almost the entire town is in Radnor Lake State Park.

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White Rock, New Mexico

After the locals of this quaint town spend a day hiking along the , an impressive  return to a home they own themselves. That's just what the doctor ordered after a day out on the trails.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

is one of the oldest places in the entire country and has a on the Piscataqua River, which appeals to locals and tourists alike. Plus, the walkable downtown market is full of shops and restaurants year round.

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East Lansing, MI
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East Lansing, Michigan

When it comes to happy, all-American ideals, has it. For starters, 69% of the people are married, crime rates are incredibly low and Michigan State University offers non-stop excitement.

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Even though is famous for its mild, sweet oysters, natives ("Fleetians," as they call themselves) stay for the , white-clapboard New England-style homes and trendy restaurant scene.

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Corona del Mar
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Corona del Mar, California

Anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of should seek out this , which is full of people who prefer the simpler way of life, hence the town's vintage cottages.

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Heber City, UT
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Heber City, Utah

Officials in believe the area's clean air and are behind their fast growth rate over the past few years. Even better: Employment is higher than in most of the country, since folks support small businesses. 

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Monterey, California
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Monterey, California

Clearly, scenic views should not be underrated. A huge source of is Monterey Bay, which is full of and supported by Fisherman's Wharf. The mild temperate is the cherry on top.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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Delray Beach, Florida

Known as this community doesn't feature a single high rise building so water views are by the plenty. And the are sprinkled with sky blue cabanas that you won't be able to resist smiling at.

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Tybee Island, Georgia
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Tybee Island, Georgia

Most people don't know about located just 32 miles from Savannah, Georgia — and maybe that's why people here are so happy. Not only does it get a cool breeze during the summer, but offshore is almost a daily occurrence.

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Glenwood Springs, CO
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado

People who choose to live a healthy lifestyle often flock to this town, which offers a and countless outdoor activities. But on top of that, it has a booming cultural scene, including weekly concerts and festivals downtown.

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Venice, Florida
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Venice, Florida

This is . There's the Venetian Waterway Park, Renaissance-style buildings and even has a beach dedicated entirely to dogs, named Broward Paw Park Beach.

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Los Alamos, NM
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Los Alamos, New Mexico

Perhaps it's the nearby vicinity to the Rio Grande River Valley or the peaks of the , but this town is right now. As a result, there's a diverse and super-involved community here.

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Southport, North Carolina
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Southport, North Carolina

Residents of this tiny almost exclusively walk, bike or drive golf carts to get from place to place. This, paired with tons of Southern charm and pristine views, makes it an .  

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Sheridan, WY
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Sheridan, Wyoming

This town is nicknamed the  since it's located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. It's an outdoor adventure seeker's dream location, with skiing, hiking and horseback riding all nearby.

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Burlington, Vermont

With a population of just 42,211, is surprisingly the . Still, it's one of the safest cities in the country and offers tons of amenities within walking distance of downtown, including shopping, schools, entertainment and parks.

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Bedford, Virginia

Since the crime rate is , residents can relax as they enjoy the their home has to offer, including the nearby Smith Mountain Lake,  James River, Peaks of Otter, Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Boerne, Texas

This isn't . After all, it features a mild climate (seriously), which makes fishing, golfing and other outdoor activities just that much more enjoyable. And all that Vitamin C has to do wonders for a person's sense of happiness.

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