Pearl City is ranked the na­tion’s fourth hap­pi­est

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - BUSINESS REPORT - By Nina Wu nwu@starad­ver­

Pearl City is the fourth-hap­pi­est city in the U.S., ac­cord­ing to a Wal­letHub study re­leased Mon­day in honor of the up­com­ing In­ter­na­tional Day of Hap­pi­ness on

March 20.

Wal­letHub, a Washington, D.C.-based per­sonal fi­nance web­site, com­pared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across three key di­men­sions in­clud­ing emo­tional and phys­i­cal well-be­ing, in­come and em­ploy­ment, and com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment. The cities were eval­u­ated us­ing 28 key in­di­ca­tors, rang­ing from weather to in­come growth rate, de­pres­sion rate and av­er­age leisure time spent per day.

Pearl City scored 75.19 points, rank­ing se­cond in emo­tional and phys­i­cal well­be­ing as well as in com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment. It ranked 57th, or in the top third, for in­come and em­ploy­ment. Honolulu, which tied Ne­wark, N.J., for 171st place, ranked at bot­tom for low­est ad­e­quate sleep rate.

Pearl City was beaten out by San Jose, Calif. (No. 3), Bis­marck, N.D. (No. 2), and Fre­mont, Calif. (No. 1). Detroit ranked last out of the 182 cities, with a score of 28.65.

Fre­mont, ranked the hap­pi­est city in the U.S., has the low­est sep­a­ra­tion and di­vorce rate. Pearl City ranked fifth low­est in sep­a­ra­tion and di­vorce rate.

Lo­ca­tion plays a key role in hap­pi­ness, ac­cord­ing to Wal­letHub, which gave dou­ble weight to in­di­ca­tors in­clud­ing ad­e­quate sleep, de­pres­sion and in­come growth rates. Fac­tors such as food in­se­cu­rity and share of peo­ple age 12 or older who used mar­i­juana in the past month were also con­sid­ered.

One of the study’s key find­ings was that peo­ple who make $75,000 a year won’t get any higher sat­is­fac­tion from more money.

Data were pulled from the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, U.S. Bureau of La­bor Statis­tics,

U.S. Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion, and The Trust for Pub­lic Land.


A Wal­letHub study has listed Cen­tral Oahu’s Pearl City as the fourth-hap­pi­est U.S. city. A group en­joys the Seven Seas Ride dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral Pearl City Car­ni­val, held last fall on the grounds of Pearl City High School and spon­sored by the Pearl City Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion.

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