Iowa November 06, 2017
This Tiny Iowa Town Is One Of The Happiest Places In America
In Iowa, a town of 6,000 people may not seem tiny. This happy little community is small enough to be close-knit but big enough to offer some culture and entertainment options.
According to HomeSnacks.net, Orange City, population 6,000, is the happiest town in our great state.
Iowa ranked number two, behind Nebraska, for the happiest state in the nation. A recent Pew Research Institute Study indicated that nearly half of American citizens wish they lived somewhere else.
To determine what makes a state or city "the best" they used some criteria that people like.
Pretty much everyone can agree that they like a stable economy, a great educational system, low crime rates, entertainment options, and good weather.
A stable home life, good paying jobs, a lot of sunny days, and a reasonable cost of living rank high on most people's list, as well.
Orange City is doing pretty well. They have the second highest rate of home ownership of any city in the state. The unemployment rate sits comfortably below 3%, and most residents commute just 10 minutes to work.
Iowa weather can be fickle, and we all love a beautiful sunny day.
Orange City has an average of 211 of them each year. They come in at number seven for most sunny days in the state.
In the past ten years, the population of Orange City has increased 7%.
Looks like people want to live in happy towns!
Orange City is the county seat of Sioux County.
It's near Iowa's western border.
The town was called Holland, but later renamed.
Settled in 1870 by people from Pella searching for cheaper land, this area has a rich history.
It's traditionally a Dutch Reformed town. There's an annual tulip festival here each May.
This is a fun place to visit. Dutch sites and historical buildings include the Sioux County Courthouse, Orange City Century Home, and the campus of Northwestern College.
The town is serious about its Dutch heritage.
There's a Dutch canal bridge by the windmills in downtown Windmill Park that you won't want to miss.
Whether you are looking for a new place to live, or just want to see what hanging out in Iowa’s happiest town feels like, Orange City is worth a visit.