If your goal in life is to be happy, 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.
Not only does this Virginia Tech college town boast winning sports teams, but it also has the third highest percent of people with incomes above $25,000 and the 17th lowest violent crime of any town. Plus, the sunsets aren't too shabby.
Year after year this city in the Sunshine State is voted the happiest of all, 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.
Nicknamed Joy Town, USA, 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 National Park either.
Since the average commute time, cost of living and unemployment rate are all very low in this Midwestern town, the residents also have low stress rates. Even better: Nearby Oklahoma State University offers endless activities to keep people busy.
We'll start by saying this town is located in what's known as "Happy Valley." If that's not enough, it's one of the most walkable places in the country, it has an average commute time well below average and most residents own their own homes.
This island is part of the Lowcountry region 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 is by bike. Hello, endorphins!
The largest community on Cape Cod is also home to some of the happiest people, 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.
About 17 miles outside of Nashville is this oasis, 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.
After the locals of this quaint town spend a day hiking along the Rock Canyon, an impressive 84.6%of them return to a home they own themselves. That's just what the doctor ordered after a day out on the trails.
This town is one of the oldest places in the entire country and has a thriving seaport on the Piscataqua River, which appeals to locals and tourists alike. Plus, the walkable downtown market is full of shops and restaurants year round.
When it comes to happy, all-American ideals, this college town has it. For starters, 69% of the people are married, crime rates are incredibly low and Michigan State University offers non-stop excitement.
Even though this Cape Cod-based town is famous for its mild, sweet oysters, natives ("Fleetians," as they call themselves) stay for the nine beaches, white-clapboard New England-style homes and trendy restaurant scene.
Anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Orange County should seek out this small village-like destination, which is full of people who prefer the simpler way of life, hence the town's vintage cottages.
Officials in this town believe the area's clean air and fantastic views 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.
Clearly, scenic views should not be underrated. A huge source of happiness for this community is Monterey Bay, which is full of marine life and supported by Fisherman's Wharf. The mild temperate is the cherry on top.
Known as Florida's "Village by the Sea," this community doesn't feature a single high rise building so water views are by the plenty. And the white sand public beaches are sprinkled with sky blue cabanas that you won't be able to resist smiling at.
Most people don't know about this island 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 seeing dolphins swimming offshore is almost a daily occurrence.
People who choose to live a healthy lifestyle often flock to this town, which offers a temperate climate and countless outdoor activities. But on top of that, it has a booming cultural scene, including weekly concerts and festivals downtown.
This small town of 22,000 is full of personality. There's the Venetian Waterway Park, Renaissance-style buildings and even has a beach dedicated entirely to dogs, named Broward Paw Park Beach.
Perhaps it's the nearby vicinity to the Rio Grande River Valley or the peaks of the Jemez Mountains, but this town is going through a huge population growth right now. As a result, there's a diverse and super-involved community here.
Residents of this tiny 2.2-square-mile harbor town 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 idyllic place to live place to live.
This town is nicknamed the "King of Cowboy Towns," 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.
With a population of just 42,211, this town is surprisingly the biggest in the state. 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.
Since the crime rate is low in this quiet town, residents can relax as they enjoy the amazing scenery their home has to offer, including the nearby Smith Mountain Lake, James River, Peaks of Otter, Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway.
This isn't your average Texas town. 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.