Study: Naples-Marco Island is happiest place in Florida

Sunset on Naples Pier. Photo via Collier County Tourism.

NAPLES, Fla. Seeking happiness in the Sunshine State? Look no farther than Naples and Marco Island.

The metropolitan area is the happiest place in Florida and the 11th happiest place nationwide, according to a newly released National Geographic study.

The magazine teamed with Gallup social scientists and bestselling author Dan Buettner to design the rankings, which are based on 15 metrics that range from eating healthy and learning something new every day to civic engagement, financial security, vacation time, and even dental checkups.

Nearly 250,000 interviews with adults in 2014 and 2015 in 190 metropolitan areas across the country were used to compile the data.

Wealth, weather and beaches helped push Naples and Marco Island toward the top of the list, according to the magazine.

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton is a close second in Florida, ranking 14th nationally.

Boulder, Colorado is No. 1 in the country, while Charlottesville, Virginia — recently ravaged by violence at a white nationalist rally that has Gainesville, Florida bracing for the same Thursday — is No. 3.

See the full list from National Geographic here.

Writer:Chuck Myron
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