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I like to think that Michiganders are pretty happy people. I mean, we have lots to love about living in Michigan. We get all of the seasons, although I would like winter to be shorter. We have beautiful, vibrant colors in the fall and sandy beaches in the summer.

Yes, Michigan is a pretty happy place, but somehow, one Michigan city has been named the most unhappy city in the entire U.S. I beg to differ.

WalletHub has released a study naming the happiest cities in the U.S. “Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are,” they state. “For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and financial well-being.” They added, “WalletHub drew upon the various findings of positive-psychology research in order to determine which among more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. We examined each city based on 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from the depression rate to the income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.”

So, which Michigan city is at the bottom of the list? Detroit comes in at No. 182, at the very bottom. I personally think Detroiters are very happy people! Detroit also ranked No. 181 in terms of the highest separation and divorce rate. The happiest city in Michigan is Grand Rapids at No. 92. No matter what the study says, I’m happy to be in Michigan and the Detroit area! Check out the full list here.

10 Michigan Towns with the Most Charm

  • Ann Arbor

    Of course the home of the University of Michigan would be on this list!

  • Escanaba

    The U.P. town is super charming. I have a cousin who lives up there, and she loves it.

  • Frankenmuth

    Who doesn’t love this Christmas center of the world?

  • Harbor Springs

    This is a beautiful spot near Lake Michigan.

  • Ludington

    Ludington is filled with beautiful lighthouses and more Lake Michigan fun.

  • Marquette

    One of the U.P.’s most popular destinations.

  • Munising

    Munising is a beautiful spot for hikers.

  • Petoskey

    Another U.P. gem is Petoskey.

  • Saugatuck

    Saugatuck is a quaint tourist town with plenty of great seasonal shops.

  • South Haven

    South Haven offers a beautiful beach and more.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!