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Redwood City is the Eighth Happiest City in California, Study Says

CreditDonkey.com ranked the top ten "happiest cities" for workers in the golden state, and Redwood City made the cut.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
A new study published this week by a financial website ranks Redwood City among the top places to live in the state for happiness. 

CreditDonkey.com says they looked at four main things to determine the best places to live and work:  
  • The freedom to get another job if the current one is horrible
  • A decent wage
  • Not having to get up when it’s still dark 
  • A reasonable, non-stressful commute
The study used U.S. Census data to determine unemployment rates and examined per capita annual household income when compiling the list.

"We figured that a low unemployment rate means it’s relatively easy to find another job," the findings state.  

It seems that Californians are most happy in one of two regions:  The Bay Area and close to the beach in SoCal.   Six of the top ten cities are located in the Bay, three are in Orange County and one is on the coast, north of Los Angeles. 

As for Redwood City, here's what the study says: 

"Coming in at number 8 is Redwood City, home to Oracle and Electronic Arts. Although this metropolitan area has one of the lowest unemployment rates on the list, what knocked it down a few notches is the high number of people who have to leave the house by 6 a.m. to get to work."

Here's the full list of the Top 10 Happiest Cities in California:
    1. Mountain View
    2. Santa Barbara
    3. Santa Clara
    4. Newport Beach
    5. Irvine
    6. Milpitas
    7. Sunnyvale
    8. Redwood City
    9. Lake Forest
    10. San Mateo 

    What do you think of the rankings?  Do you agree with the findings?  Tell us in the comments!


    Ralph Garcia April 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM
    Steve I'm not old yet. I might look that old but looks are deceiving. But I'm told I act like a teenager.
    Claire Felong April 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM
    Well Dave Lependorf, there is a strong relationship between having satisfying work and happiness. SV is a place for geeks & nerds to feel comfortable in their own skins and not out of place; these are people who find as much happiness inside their own heads as other's find in in more social activities. Fortunately, after a few hours of sitting behind a computer you can hop on a BikeShare and be at a park or the bayfront in a few minutes for a change of scenery to refresh the brain.
    dave newlands April 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM
    If this was some fly-by-night operation like Reuters I'd question it, but this is creditdonkey.com we're dealing with here so you know it's legit, not to mention thoroughly researched.
    Jim Clifford April 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM
    Reuters "fly by night?" Love it. Don't forget that new kid on the block, the AP. Re Creditdonkey - I think it made an ass out of itself. Nice, Dave. I think I'll come up with a study of my own.
    dave newlands April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM
    "Study says Jim Clifford smartest, most rugged man". What the?! Well a study said it, so it must be true!

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