Virginia residents should all sing along with Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams: “Because I’m happy!” (Consumers were so “happy” with this Top 40 song that it became only the fourth single in 20 years to go triple platinum.) According to WalletHub, this southern state ranks as the 19th happiest state in the U.S. for 2015.
And the happiness didn’t stop there. According to a study done by the Harvard Gazette in 2014 (info also taken from a report done by the US National Bureau of Economic Research, with info reported from the General Social Survey, the National Survey of Families and Households, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the Richmond/Petersburg metropolitan area came in as the number one happiest metro area in the U.S.
Virginians in the area reportedly had the highest levels of happiness and contentment of any metro area with over one million residents. If that wasn’t enough to make you smile, Richmond was also on Forbes’ list of Happiest Cities for Young Professionals at No. 15. Richmond wasn’t the only Virginia city to get some love. Norfolk-Virginia Beach came in as the second happiest metro area in the nation.
And wait, it gets better. Virginia was even recognized for having the happiest city period in the entire country: college town Charlottesville, Virginia, nicknamed “Joytown, U.S.A.” by the media.
And even though these cities didn’t make it all the way to the top. Home Snacks, described as an “online resource for city data,” took info from Virginia communities to come up with their own list of top cities in the state:
- Virginia Beach
Is your hometown on the list?
—McEnearney Associates, “Virginia ranked in top 20 of happiest states in the nation”
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia will host “Simcha Expo 2016” from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Scheduled vendor offerings include invitations, DJs, party favors, caterers, photographers, venues and decorations for those planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, baby naming or other celebration.
The Reston Community Center in Hunter Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) will host the “Paws & Claws Pet Resource Expo” from noon to 3 p.m. April 24. Information on pet care, training, nutrition, emergency situations, day care and more will be available from local businesses. This Expo will take place inside RCC Hunters Woods. Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed inside the building.