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Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Graphics and more below.
Graphics and more below.

Last week, we told you about the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, popularly known as the happiest cities list, as well as the two Colorado places that finished in the top ten. But because Gallup-Healthways also produced a survey specifically about the State of Colorado, we're able to drill even deeper into facts and figures about five major cities here: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley. Count down our top five categories below, featuring photos, graphics and the state report.

Number 5: The state you're in

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Before we get to the cities, let's take a look at how the State of Colorado stacks up against others in the U.S. of A. As you can see, Colorado slipped a bit from 2012 to 2013, going from the second happiest state to the seventh. But we're still top ten, baby!

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

This graphic provides the order of finish for all fifty states:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

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Number 4: The big five

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Next up are the community rankings -- although not every Colorado town is included in the survey. As we mentioned, the five analyzed are Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley. The highest rated is Boulder, but not by much; the community finishes in second place, just one slot ahead of Fort Collins. Denver-Aurora finishes a respectable eighteenth, with Greeley landing at 45th and Colorado Springs at 58th (out of 189).

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

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Number 3: The happiness vote

Jared Polis looking fly.
Jared Polis looking fly.

The survey also ranks the happiest Congressional districts. By this measure, Jared Polis is a lucky man, since the 2nd District, which he represents, is the third-happiest in the entire country, thanks to the presence of Boulder within it.

Doug Lamborn.
Doug Lamborn.

The digits don't add up quite as well for Representative Doug Lamborn. His 5th Congressional District is the unhappiest in Colorado, finishing at 154th in the nation.

Here's a graphic spelling it out:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

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Number 2: Getting healthy

Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Center.
Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Center.

The Gallup-Healthways survey determines happiness by focusing on a number of specific areas, including, logically enough, health -- physical and emotional -- plus healthy behaviors. The results are all over the place. Boulder places better when it comes to physical health as opposed to the emotional kind (insert punchline here), while four of the five Colorado cities analyzed improved from 2012 to 2013 when it came to healthy behaviors. Try harder next year, Greeley.

Here are three graphics illustrating the data:

Physical health:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Emotional health:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Healthy behaviors:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

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Number 1: The best of the rest

Denver standing tall.
Denver standing tall.

The other areas analyzed in the survey are work environment, life evaluation and basic access, whatever the hell that means. Here are the graphics showing how the five Colorado communities finished, followed by the complete report.

Work environment:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Life evaluation:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Basic access:

Photos: Top five happiness rankings of five major Colorado cities

Read the report here:

State of Colorado Well Being 2013

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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