Arizona city makes list of happiest cities in the U.S.

PHOENIX - One Arizona city is listed among those across the country with the happiest residents.

A new study, that identified the unhappiest cities in the United States, found that some people are willing to sacrifice their happiness for a good job opportunity, a bump in their salary or lower housing prices.

The study, co-authored by Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, showed that some people will trade their happiness to gain other things in life, according to Science Daily.

The study relies on a survey that asked people about their satisfaction with life and proved that people will exchange happiness for higher incomes and lower housing costs.

Gottlieb and his team researched what regions of the country have higher life satisfaction and which ones have the lowest. The research showed that people in declining cities were less happy than people in other parts of the country.

The research showed which cities were the happiest and unhappiest based on population greater than one million. It also showed what metropolitan areas and regions were happiest versus the ones that weren't.

The top unhappiest city was New York with Pittsburgh, Pa., right behind. The top two happiest metropolitan areas are located in Virginia with Richmond-Petersburg and Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News.

The only Arizona city that is ranked on one of the lists is Flagstaff under areas with the highest reported happiness.

To see the entire list of both happy and unhappy cities, visit Science Daily.

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