These are the 10 happiest places in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (Zippia) - There's a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Arkansas have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Arkansas places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Bentonville, the happiest place in Arkansas.

Don't start feeling sad, there's plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following "Happiest Places in the Natural State":

  1. Bentonville
  2. Bella Vista
  3. Maumelle
  4. Bryant
  5. Centerton
  6. White Hall
  7. Greenwood
  8. Lowell
  9. Hot Springs Village
  10. Mountain Home

There's Nothing We'd Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Natural State

There's a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn't buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It's just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn't help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor's degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That's a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That's a ton of fun and happiness for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 62 places in Arkansas with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 62 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned "Happiest Place In Arkansas".

Read on HERE for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Arkansas ranked. Our apologies to East End which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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