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St. Paul, Minneapolis among America's happiest cities

They're featured in WalletHub's '2018 Happiest Cities in America' list.

If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, allow yourself to let out a contented sigh.

That's because both cities ranked pretty highly on WalletHub's 2018 study into the "Happiest Cities in America."

The site analyzed various data that determines the overall health, financial, community and environmental well-being of 182 of the largest cities in the country.

St. Paul is the happiest out of the two Twin Cities, finishing 19th overall, with Minneapolis in 31st.

Both cities scored the highest in the "emotional and physical well-being" category, which looked at sports participation, adequate sleep levels, depression rates, life expectancy and opioid use.

They both scored low in the "community and environment" category, and upon further inspection there's probably an obvious reason for this – one of the things is takes into account is "ideal weather."

While Minnesota's two biggest cities scored well, there are happier people in our neighboring states, apparently.

Madison, Wisconsin finished in 11th overall, Sioux Falls in South Dakota was in 7th, while Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota were 2nd and 6th respectively.

Seems like everyone's pretty happy up north then.

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