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The Happiest Places to Live in California?

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Disneyland might earn that title if people actually lived in the castle, but a recent happiness study, based on the "life evaluation" of cities--job opportunities, personal finances, physical health, moods, emotions, and communities--has concluded that the West is the best. No major big cities like Los Angeles made the top ten list, but four California ones did: Oxnard-Ventura (#10), San Jose-Sunnyvale (#7), Santa Barbara-Santa Maria (#6) and Santa Rosa-Petaluma (#5). Honolulu came in third and Boulder, where in Stephen King's The Stand the good people were told to go, came in first.

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