PLANO, TX — Pharrell Williams said it best — “Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.” And there’s little doubt that Plano residents spend a lot of time clapping.
Okay, that might be a stretch, but a WalletHub study did name Plano the nation’s No. 5 happiest city.
WalletHub researchers looked at 182 different cities and compared them based on happiness-indicating factors including depression rates, income-growth rates and average leisure time spent per day.
What they found is that some areas of Texas seem pretty happy. Not only did Plano grab a top spot, but several other Texas cities landed in the top 50 as well.
Here’s how Texas ranked among the top 50: Grand Prairie, 10; Austin, 21; Irving, 25; Garland, 30; Fort Worth, 39; El Paso, 46; Brownsville, 47; Arlington 50.
El Paso also grabbed a superlative title with the nation’s lowest depression rates.
One Texas city fell short of the top 50 list but still managed to grab a remarkable title. Laredo, the study claims, has the nation’s lowest rate of suicide.
Plano, meanwhile, had highs and lows. The city grabbed the nation’s No. 4 position for lowest divorce and separation rates, but it also landed close to the bottom for most working hours.
And WalletHub expert Jonathan H. Westover says work and happiness don’t often coincide.
“The reality is that most organizations are not deeply loyal and invested in their employees,” said Westover, a professor or organizational leadership at Utah Valley University. “Employees need to be selective about who they choose to work for… and ultimately recognize that their happiness and satisfaction is largely in their hands.”