San Francisco is the happiest city in America, according to a global survey by GFK Custom Research. The Californian city was also ranked the seventh happiest city in the world.
The City by the Bay was the only American city to make it onto the top ten list, being praised for its shopping centres, cultural locations and outdoor attractions. Ranking first on the list was Rio de Janeiro narrowly beating Sydney, which came in second. Barcelona came in third followed by Amsterdam, Melbourne, Madrid, San Francisco, Rome, Paris and Buenos Aires.
The survey marked the cities on five different categories - outdoor attractions, culture locations, shopping centres, performances and amusement attractions. San Francisco scored 203 in the shopping centre category losing out to Paris, which scored 238.
The city, known as the Paris of the West, also ranked high in the culture locations category. San Francisco has long tempted travellers to visit the city to marvel at the world famous Golden Gate Bridge as well as its eclectic mix of architecture, cable cars, Chinatown district and the former prison location on Alcatraz Island.
Furthermore, San Francisco was named the number one most popular city in the United States by NBC News, based on the number of Twitter followers. The San Francisco Travel Association’s twitter has acquired over 99,000 followers since launching its Twitter account in 2009. President and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, Joe D’Alessandro said that “San Franciscans have always had a lot to share – ideas, stories, food, arts, culture. It’s a natural place for social media to flourish.”