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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.

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