You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Metro

From Bay Area to Bay State, happiness isn’t same

At first blush, Boston and San Francisco ­appear to be nearly interchangeable waterfront cities in blue political states with unaffordable housing and loads of high-tech workers who love lattes and Priuses. But those cultural similarities end when it comes to what fuels our happiness, according to a new study.

In Boston, residents ranked their financial status, educational attainment (must have that ­Harvard or graduate degree), family support, and feeling of contributing to their community as ­essential factors that determine whether they are satisfied with life. Work is important, too.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week