Le Mars named to happiest city list

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LE MARS -- Have you ever noticed Le Mars residents seem happier than those in neighboring communities? If so, that could be because they call Le Mars home.

According to a recent study released by the Internet site, HomeSnacks, Le Mars was named the 10th happiest city in Iowa.

HomeSnacks took a look at eight categories: percent of residents with a college degree, average commute times, employment rates, cost of living, crime, sunny days, percent of married couples and percent of home owners, to determine the happiest cities in the Hawkeye State.

"We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible," stated the website's latest study. "Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sperling's Best Places, and Twitter, this is the criteria we used, looking at the state's 50 largest cities."

A breakdown of the rankings, showed Le Mars has a married rate of 59.44 percent, a crime rate of 42.3 percent and 204 sunny days.

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