Photo Study Reveals Australia’s Happiest Cities
Wollongong is the happiest city in Australia, as measured by smiles on the faces of people in publicly shared Instagram photos from the different cities. Could it be all the students, the ocean views, and the port?
Townsville has a lot to smile about, as does the Nation’s Capital - Canberra, which are the runners up. Adelaide out-smiles Brisbane. The largest cities are fighting it out for the least smiles, with Perth beating Sydney which is a nose and a grin in front of Melbourne. People in Hobart aren’t smiling as much as in the rest of Australia. Could it be for lack of a footy team?Hotel Illawarra and The Little Prince are the happiest places in Wollongong, Australia. (Screenshots from Jetpac City Guides)
Measuring Smiles to Create City Guides
Finding the Happiest City in Australia took doing image processing on over 100million Instagram photos to count and size the smiles on people’s faces from all the cities in Australia. From counting the pixels, we were able to come up with a Smile Score for each city.
Smiles on the faces of millions of people in millions of photos are the most direct measure we have of happiness. A small grin doesn’t score as highly as a broad smile. Smiling for the camera is a cultural habit that tends to be the same around a country, so the relative happiness of a city rises above any posed smiles.
Now that we know the places where people are the happiest we can send you the places you are more likely to have a good time! You want to have fun right?
The 15 Happiest Cities in Australia ranked by Jetpac’s Smile Score:1) Wollongong (43.4)2) Townsville (40.1)3) Canberra (35.0)4) Newcastle (34.9)5) Darwin (34.8)6) Cairns (31.2)7) Adelaide (28.7)8) Gold Coast (28.4)9) Byron Bay (27.3)10) Brisbane (27.2)11) Perth (25.6)12) Fremantle (25.0)13) Sydney (24.9)14) Melbourne (22.6)15) Hobart (19.8)
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Good old Wollongong … How I miss you!
“ I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word. ”
Augusten Burroughs (via quotes-and-chai)