Atlanta’s health matrix

Breaking down what makes us happiest (and unhappiest)

The ATL has been ranked the fifth-happiest and the 16th-healthiest metro area, but just how does that break down? Here are some scientific (and unscientific) contributing factors to our overall wellbeing.


Sources: SweetWater:; Wired city: Forbes; Varsity:; Most nerdy:; Barbecue: Travel and Leisure; Blueberries: National Agricultural Statistics Service; Please and thank you: Marchex; Trees: U.S. Forest Service; Street food: Travel and Leisure; Stress:; Air pollution: American Lung Association; Crime: Neighborhood Scout; Traffic: TomTom; Gay rights: NerdWallet and Freedom to Marry; Bike lanes: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition; Allergies: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Photo credits:; beer: courtesy of SweetWater Brewing Co.; CDC: courtesy of the CDC; onion rings: courtesy of the varsity; MARTA: Kelly Mills

This article originally appeared in our 2015 Health issue.