West ranks among the happiest

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Go West!

At least, if you want to be happy. According to the latest reports from Gallup-Healthways, the city with the highest happiness index is Boulder, Colo.

Hawaii earned the happiest state award, based on 350,000 surveys completed during 2009.

The report is a compilation of 42 core questions designed by economists, psychologists and health care officials to measure how respondents are fairing in all aspects of their lives – physically, emotionally, socially and professionally.

The top ten cities include:

- Boulder, Colo.

- Holland, Mich.

- Honolulu, Hawaii

- Provo, Utah

- Santa Rosa, Calif.

- Santa Barbara, calif

- San Jose, Calif.

- Washington, D.C.

- Ogden, Utah, Oxnard, Calif.

The top ten states:

- Hawaii

- Utah

- Montana

- Minnesota

- Iowa

- Vermont

- Colorado

- Alaska

- North Dakota

- Kansas