BURLINGTON, Vt. --*The Burlington-metro area was ranked among the 
happiest cities in the country by a recent Gallup poll. The survey 
considered the health, lifestyle choices and optimism of residents."It 
doesn't surprise me to hear that at all," said Meredith Astels, a 
Burlington resident. "I always had this little theory that it might be 
because we go through this long winter, and then it's times like spring 
that it's just pure rejoice."Huntington, W.V. was ranked the saddest 
place to live, while Boulder, CO. ranked as the happiest large city in 
the nation. Burlington topped the charts among cities with less than 
300,000 people."I love the outdoors and hiking and running and biking," 
said Alyssa Hansen, who thought that people in Burlington were happy 
because of the many outdoor opportunities.Burlington ranked high in 
exercise and healthy eating, while having a very low number of people 
with diabetes and obesity.*

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