Rankings: America's happiest place -- Fremont, Calif.

The par three 11th hole on The Tallon Course at the Gray Hawk Golf Club Scottsdale in Scottsdale Arizona. Getty Images

Coming in at No. 1 is Fremont, California, in the Bay Area.

"As this study aims to illustrate, moving to a certain city may help you be more content. WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among more than 180 of the largest USA cities is home to the happiest people in America".

"The U.S. Declaration of Independence speaks about the "pursuit of happiness" as a universal right everyone gets joy from different things, whether it's family, friends, activities, entertainment or work", according to WalletHub's website.

Detroit is the saddest city in America, according to a new report from WalletHub taking a look at the happiest cities in America.

San Francisco appears in 13th place on the overall list.

All of our gorgeous weather helped, says the survey. "Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are".

The key ingredients for happiness include a "positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being", according to WalletHub.

Some cities, like San Jose, were all over the map when the happiness meter was focused on its residents.

Almost 200 US cities were evaluated on the basis of 28 indicators of happiness - including depression rate, income-growth rate and average leisure time spent per day.



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