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San Jose’s third happiest city in US poll – but Fremont takes the cake!

Bet you didn’t know March 20 is International Day of Happiness. Well, the folks at WalletHub certainly did. And to celebrate, they’ve surveyed more than 180 of America’s largest cities to find out which was the happiest.
And despite our daily tech-boom stress, our jam-packed highways, our crowded restaurants and our nose-bleed housing prices, the Bay Area kicked some serious butt in this poll.
Top of the list?
Yup. Not only does it have a neighborhood called Warm Springs, but Fremont apparently also warms the cockles of the heart, starting with cochleae cordis right on down to the  cochlea.
In its Happiest Cities in America suvey, WalletHub compared the towns across 28 key indicators of happiness, including depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.
But our local happiness indicator didn’t stop at Fremont’s city limits. Two down at Number 3 was San Jose, with San Francisco coming in at 11 (think jammed roads and bridges, self-entitled Millennials, open-air toilets on Market Street).
Oakland (18) and Santa Rosa (22) also made the top 25.
All of our gorgeous weather helped, says the survey.
“Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are,” says WalletHub. “For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being.”
Some cities, like San Jose, were all over the map when the happiness meter was focused on its residents. For example, despite being the third-happiest large city in the country, San Jose also came in a  high 7th for “Depression Rate” and 10th for ”Suicide Rate.” But then again, on Lowest Separation and Divorce Rate, Fremont also came out on top.
So go figure.
Here’s some more data points for the self-styled Capital of Silicon Valley:

 59th – Adequate-Sleep Rate
20th – Sports-Participation Rate
1st – Unemployment Rate
15th – Separation & Divorce Rate
71st – Hours Worked per Week
27th – Income Growth Rate

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