Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Where are the happiest cities in the Delaware region?

Since WJBR serves the world from right here in Wilmington, Delaware, our view of the world will always be Delaware centric!

For the sake of this article, the “Delaware Region” includes the happiest cities here in the 1st state. And also the happiest cities in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and near-by Virginia and DC.

Wallethub recently ranked the happiest cities in the United States. Here is how they figured this out:

In order to determine the happiest cities in America, WalletHub compared 182 of the largest cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Income & Employment and 3) Community & Environment.

The people of California see pretty happy, Freemont, CA comes in at #1 overall. In fact, California has 4 towns in the top 10.

So, how did we do close to home?

The highest ranking town in our region is in Howard County Maryland and the lowest ranked is in Virginia.

A Delaware town barely cracked the top 100.

Of course we find happiness through our family, our friends, our careers, fun activities and entertainment options. But WHERE we live is a major factor of how happy we are.

Source: WalletHub

So, let’s take a look at Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region!

  • #7 Columbia, MD

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    COLUMBIA, MD – DECEMBER 09: A general view of the atmosphere during a visit from Torrey Smith and Chanel Smith at PANDORA at Columbia Mall on December 9, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for PANDORA)

    About 80 miles away from Wilmington, DE, Columbia Maryland ranks high in Emotonal and Physical well-being.

  • #32 Jersey City, NJ

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    JERSEY CITY, NJ – APRIL 06: With the New York City skyline in the background, immigration reform advocates participate in a “Time is Now” rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Labor unions and immigration reform advocacy organizations held the event at Liberty State Park to urge Congress to find a path to American citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Just over the river from NYC, Jersey City also ranks well in emotional and physical well being. The city is one of the most diverse in the entire country. JC is known for the many luxury high rise riverfront condos.

  • #50 Washington, DC

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    What DC lacks in income and employment, he gets high marks on emotional and physical well being.

  • #100 Wilmington, DE

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    Our home! In this survey, Wilmington ranks best in community and environment. Actually we come in at #17 when just ranked on community and environment. Wilmington is seen as a caring city, with low hate crime incidents, good weather and many acres of parkland.

  • #125 Newark, NJ

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Fun things to do in Newark, NJ include the Newark Museum of Art, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and there are fun festivals and culinary experiences in the Ironbound neighborhood.

  • #140 Newport News, VA

    We are starting to get lower on the happiness scale, but if you choose to visit Newport News, VA there are cool places like The Mariners’ Museum and Park, The Virginia Living Museum and you could take a hike on the Noland Trail.

  • #148 Philadelphia, PA

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

    Right up I95 from Delaware of course and it’s also fun to visit. However in this survey Philly got low marks on emotional and physical well-being, as the city struggles to control gun violence.

  • #149 Dover, DE

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    DOVER, DE – JUNE 20: A general view of atmosphere during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 20, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival)

    Delaware’s capital city, Dover scores highest on “community and environment”.

  • #150 Baltimore, MD

    Happiest Cities In The Delaware Region

    BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 01: An aerial view of Baltimore City skyline on December 1, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    As we get lower on the happy cities list, we notice these communities struggling in multiple areas. Baltimore challenge in this survey is income and employment issues.

  • #154 Richmond, VA

    Richmond scores high for great art scene, many culinary delights and job opportunities. However the town has a higher than average crime rate and cost of living. And the schools are expensive. The housing market is good though and the residents are very friendly!

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