TDS’ own cable market city, Fort Collins, Colorado, has been named one of National Geographic’s 25 happiest cities in the U.S.
Fort Collins was listed as the fourth happiest cities. According to the report, residents “in Fort Collins exercise often, and the city is ranked second for how ‘safe and secure’ its residents feel. The historic storefronts in Fort Collins’ Old Town inspired the design of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. Add in its views of the Rocky Mountains, and it’s no wonder Fort Collins ranks among the happiest cities in America.”
TDS recently featured Fort Collins in our cable spotlight town. We found Fort Collins to be a “bustling college town. Different festivals run year round, local music is everywhere, and because of its location at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, there’s always something to do outside.”
To create the list, Dan Buettner, a NatGeo fellow who writes about longevity and health, enlisted the help of Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. Witters designed an index of 15 metrics that contribute to happiness, including how often people visit the dentist, take vacations and receive recognition for improving their communities. Then, he analyzed 250,000 interviews ― conducted between 2014 and 2015 in 190 metropolitan areas ― to see how each city measured up.
Boulder, Colorado was the #1 happiest city, partly due to its strong sense of community and access to nature, followed by Santa Cruz and Charlottesville. Most of the happiest metros were in the West and along coasts, and lowest-ranking areas were in the eastern central part of the U.S.