Top 10 happiest cities in the world

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  • #57256
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    I have homes in two of those happy cities. I do believe that some cities have cultures that are focused upon a balanced life.

  • #114985
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    San Francisco is one of the best places I have ever visited. The only thing lacking like most places in the US is a really rich and long history.

  • #114986
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    Thanks mg! San Francisco is one of the most quirky places in the world. We are open-minded and mostly tolerant.

    In the 1800’s a young, wealthy businessman lost all of his wealth and eventually went crazy. He declared himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Instead of rejecting him, he was embraced by San Franciscans. He dined in fine restaurants, with the meals being paid for by others. He lived well and became a beloved crazy mascot.

    When he died, more than 30,000 attended his funeral, which, considering that the total population of SF was only 230,000, was a lot of people.

    To this day, the spirit of Emperor Norton lives on. Google, Twitter, the bio-medical industry (supported by taxpayers – we voted to invest) and other industries have relocated to this small, 49 square mile patch of land. The influx of money does transform the city.

    But the City changes all who are lucky enough to move here.

  • #115000
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    Gary, the happiest City I’ve spent a long time in is San Diego, probably the best climate in the US, great beaches, and revamped downtown full of good restaurants and music venues, 1-2 hours drive to Anza Borego desert and walks etc, same distance to snow capped mountains, a real buzz all the time, La Jolla, Coronado, zoos, Seaworld, wildlife parks, museums, gardens. I think it has everything almost, apart from a bit like Rocker’s ideal Spanish weather of too much sun and dryness quite often. We have friends there who long for some rain, and to put on woolly jumpers 😉

    Haven’t been to San Francisco yet 🙁

  • #115018
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    angie, I love San Diego. It would be a great place to live. It has better weather than San Francisco and the median home price is about 60% less than San Francisco.

  • #115022
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    Gary, many San Diego residents don’t need houses, it has I believe the largest group of hobos in the States due to it’s benign climate. Many congregate along Mission Bay and beach plus in Balboa Park, they all look so brown and healthy, each has a shopping trolley for worldly possessions, and many collect cans in the trolleys and make a reasonable living re-cycling them. No bills to pay and they get health care too 8)

    Have spoken to several of them and surprised at how pleasant they are, how they love their lives, and some ex professionals who’ve opted out, and generally harmless 😉

  • #115029
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    We loved SF too. great seafood stalls at Fishermens Wharf, especially the crab. 😀 The nearby villages, Sausalito are wonderful. Weather wouldn’t be hot enough for Rocker though 😆 I remember the fog drifting in one evening and hearing all the foghorns, really atmospheric!

    Never visited San Diego, maybe one day. A friend said it was one of the best places she had visited.

  • #115030
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    Out of the cities where I lived:

    – Liverpool is by far the last place.

    – First five places:

    1. Miami
    2. San Francisco
    3. Santa Barbara (California)
    3. Boulder (Colorado)
    4. Berlin (around 2000)

    If I were to make a top 10 among places I visited , I would add Vancouver, Barcelona, Florence, Geneva (and surroundings) and Salt Lake City.

  • #115031
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    Hehe I visit Liverpool from time to time. Very rough place but I still like it. So weird with cities that have lost about 2/3 of their population if you look back about 100-200 years.

  • #115214
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    Since even small towns are classed as Cities in America, Naples Florida is a happy, clean, safe, wealthy City with some of the best beaches of pure white sand, plus good food and great climate.

    La Jolla and Coronado are two more, happy upmarket Cities with great beaches in California. 8)

  • #115216
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    @angie wrote:

    Since even small towns are classed as Cities in America, Naples Florida is a happy, clean, safe, wealthy City with some of the best beaches of pure white sand, plus good food and great climate.

    Naples (Florida) is my numero uno 😀
    New York
    Geneva
    Sorrento
    London
    Miami
    Paris
    San Juan (puerto Rico)
    Capetown
    Cádiz

  • #115295
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    The city I love most in the world is Rome. Wander around the narrow back streets filled with small artisans working away as the have since the dawn of time. The wonderful restaurants, ancient buildings, churches, galleries and the inexplicable sense of being at the center of the universe. It’s not called the eternal city for nothing. Rome by night is exquisite, illuminated buildings, the warm smell of Cyprus trees and the stunning Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano. 😀

  • #115303
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    What suprised me about Italy is that despite all the corruption they don’t seem to have suffered their ancient towns and countryside ruined by development like Spain. We have been on the Amalfi coast for short breaks the last 2 years and was amazed that it is more or less the same as I remember 20 years ago.

  • #115305
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    katy, that’s because the Italians don’t let ancient/Roman views get ruined by planning, it’s not allowed as far as I know 😉

  • #115308
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    The city I love most in the world is Rome.

    Funny, it’s my favorite city too. I’ve never seen such harmonious chaos. Getting lost in Rome is one of my favorite pastimes.

  • #115309
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    Love the buildings but I can’t stand the people in Rome. Anoying people pestering you all the time and no service at all.

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