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The happiest place in the USA

Original post made on Nov 18, 2009

Mountain View and the surrounding region is the happiest place in the whole country, according to a national poll which breaks its findings down by congressional district.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 4:10 PM

Comments (23)

Posted by John, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

This is the best town in the whole world.

Posted by Frustrated, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2009 at 6:55 am

He added, "It's good that people feel good about their circumstances in such trying times."...Yeah, well I would be a happy employee working for you and the people of this happy place if you were not cutting our jobs. Come June we are told we are losing our positions. First time in Mountain View history, employees are being cut. Not you maybe cut...our boss told us you will be. I guess his "great job" of not having to lay any one off will become reality. Thanks for buying that church and spending 9.5 million on a piece of land for possible development. Really people are ...not just positions... not so happy. So the citizen will be not so happy when the city says sorry we don't to this or that for you any more. We are short staffed.

Posted by Alan R, a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 19, 2009 at 11:52 am

I will be happy when the city is too poor to continue its massive over-funding of the mountain view police department.

Posted by Smiles!, a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm

This article begs the question......
Do we choose to live in this part of the world because it's considered the happiest place in the USA or is this the happiest place in the USA because we choose to live here?

Posted by Snakefinger, a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Boy Alan, you sure know how to party.

Posted by Kanank, a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Great news. Finally someone else agrees with me. I have said the same thing to all my friends. This place has great people and great weather and safe surroundings. I said this to myself 18 years back when I moved here. For me This is Shangri-La.

Posted by Ted, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Look at the beautiful mountains and the open-space districts we can visit and explore year-round. How about Shoreline Park and the bay lands....great place to spend some time. Fabulous fall colors on many of our beautiful trees - spectacular this time of year. Average daytime temperatures year round- 65 to 75. I'm happy :-)

Posted by rider, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I would be happier if the council looked into replacing the old bmx track with a new one

Posted by The Dad, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I'm pretty happy.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Wow! Does this mean that we beat out Disneyland?? Take that Mickey!!

Posted by G-View, a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Fantastic! I did chose to live here and I agree!

Posted by Eddie, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I wonder if the poll reached the many immigrants living 10-12 to an apartment along California Ave or those lined up along El Camino looking for work.

This town is a little full of itself and polls like this are really meaningless anyway.

Posted by Evan, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I'm pretty happy here. I'll be even happier when I take high-speed rail from downtown Mountain View to SF/SJ and LA :)

Posted by phm, a resident of The Crossings
on Nov 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I LOVE living here. I love eating at restaurants with outdoor seating on Castro St and watching the world go by. I love walking to Trader Joe's from my house. I love the Farmers Market - 4th biggest in CA and we're only 73,000. I love walking along the bay at Shoreline Park. And I love having such smart, interesting friends and neighbors. I love it, I love it, I love it!

Posted by Peter Mc, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I love living here also. I laugh at people who always find something NEGATIVE to say. It must be tough living with such a negative frame-of-mind.

Downtown is top-notch; great movie theater; fantastic shoreline park; fantastic Cuesta Park; one hour drive from San Francisco (less by caltrain); two hours to Napa Valley; 3.5 hours to Lake Tahoe! Oh My, Oh My! Somebody stop me! I am SOOO HAPPY living in Mountain View ;)

Posted by sonny, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Yes, somebody stop him.

Posted by Lucretia, a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

I'm a research nerd. Gallup Polls are like the USA Today of the research world.

A more thorough collection of data would include how many residents are currently being prescribed antidepressant medication. But then again, there would be confidentiality issues with that.

Are we really all that happy?

Posted by Michael, a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm

If You get what you pay for... We better be happy.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Can we get a better golf course? With no fowl poop?

Posted by Jill, a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Happiness is not a state of being, it is a state of mind. You can be happy when you have reason to be happy, and unhappy when you have reason, both in the same day.
So yes, I agree that such a survey is meaningless, and maybe someone is crowing a bit.
It's okay to crow. But if those who are absurdly fortunate forget about everyone else, or do not see everyone else, or do not care about everyone else, then maybe there is something wrong.

Posted by Mr. Nice, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

It would be nice to make MV a gated town, only residents could enter. No immigrants.

Posted by the dude, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm

i've lived in mtn view all my life and love it. i even vacation here. just wish i could get a date but Silicon Valley is such a sausage-fest - too many damned engineering pricks. Any "happy" ladies about 42ish seeking companionship within walking distance of downtown ? all ethnicities & races welcome.

Posted by castro mom, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I love it here! Grateful for good health, lovely daughter and good man who loves me for me, how could I complain? According to world standards, I'm rich!! But I feel rich having good friends and a loving family and very grateful for my part-time job. My husband has a job, although he is laid off for a week from Stanford this week and three weeks at Christmas time. It can be tough to make rent, but we always manage. So, if you wanna be negative, stop and think about what and who you have in your life. If you don't have anyone, go out and make someone's day by being kind and friendly. It worked for me=>

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