Irvine named happiest city in Western U.S.

WalletHub has ranked Irvine as the happiest city on the West Coast and second happiest city in the country based on 31 indicators of happiness, from income growth to average leisure time.

Irvine recently was named the happiest city in the Western U.S. and the second happiest city in America by WalletHub.

The personal finance website compared 182 of the largest U.S. cities, looking at 31 indicators of happiness, from income growth rate to average leisure time.

Thanks to its abundance of parks and amenities, Irvine ranked second in the sports participation rate.

Overall, the city finished among the top 15 in all three major categories — emotional and physical well-being; income and employment; and community and environment.