McAllen metro area makes list of happiest places in U.S.

by Public Information Office | Mar 21, 2016

- Everyone is happier in McAllen. According to a recent study conducted by Gallup-Healthways, the McAllen Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is a top-rated community when it comes to well being.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA ranked at number 11 of the 190 metro areas surveyed during 2014 and 2015. A community's well-being is based on five elements: sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, connection to our communities and physical health.

“Being named one of the happiest places in America is really a reflection of the fantastic people of our region.  To me, as Mayor, it shows in the way that I am greeted with a smile and a kind word from almost everyone I meet each day,” Mayor Darling said. “Being ranked 11th means our people are really happy and that certainly makes me happy too!”

The survey results are based on telephone interviews with more than 353,000 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, conducted between Jan. 2, 2014, and Dec. 30, 2015.


“We’re a beautiful area and we have all the things you'd want from a big city, and still have a hometown feeling,” Roel “Roy” Rodriguez P.E., said. “There’s a great community spirit and this is a good recognition of our amazing climate, cultural resources and employment opportunities. If there's one place in the U.S. that has more or less everything going for it, this is it.”