ATLANTA -- Atlanta is ranked No. 4 in a survey to determine the "happiest cities" among the Top 10 major American markets by population.
The new Harris Poll Happiness Index compiled by Harris Interactive found the Dallas/Fort Worth region is more likely than people in any of America's other top markets to qualify as "very happy," with 38 percent qualifying as such, versus a 10-market average of 33 percent.
Rounding out the list are:
2). Houston (36 percent "very happy")
3). Philadelphia (34 percent "very happy")
4). Atlanta (34 percent "very happy")
5). Los Angeles (33 percent "very happy")
6). NYC Metro (33 percent"very happy")
7). Washington, D.C. (33 percent "very happy")
8). Chicago (32 percent "very happy")
9). Boston (31 percent "very happy")
10). San Francisco (28 percent "very happy")
The Harris Poll surveyed 2,101 U.S. adults ages 18 and older and living in the top 10 American markets by population (roughly 200 per market). The survey was conducted online between July 24 and 30, 2013.
The company said it explored many factors which it says may play into Americans'happiness, including age, gender and race/ethnicity. Findings also say location can have a strong relationship with overall happiness, Harris said.
The survey says of Atlanta:
-- Atlanta residents are among those most likely to agree that they are optimistic about the future (81 percent) and that their spiritual beliefs are a positive guiding force to them (77 percent), as well as being among the least likely to feel their voices are not heard in national decisions that affect them (67 percent).
On the down side, those in Atlanta are among the least likely of cities in the poll to agree that their relationships with friends bring them happiness (though at 84 percent, a vast majority still agree with this) and the most likely by far to agree that they frequently worry about their financial situation (71 percent).
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)