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Kelowna, Surrey are B.C.'s happiest cities, according to Instagram

View over Kelowna, B.C. The city was found to be the
View over Kelowna, B.C. The city was found to be the 'happiest city' in the province, according to a study by Instagram-based blog JetPac.
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According to Instagram and the dimples of over 100 million Canadian users, Kelowna is the happiest city in B.C.

In a viral-based study conducted by JetPac City Guides, a Smile Score was identified for every Canadian city by processing "over 100 million Instagram photos to count and size the smiles on people's faces" from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

(And, apparently, a small grin doesn't count as much as a broad smile. So V for Vendetta is happier than George Clooney almost always.)

While the home of Ogopogo was found to be the happiest city in the province, it came eighth in Canada. Surrey finished 12th, nationally, followed by Victoria (16th), Whistler (21st), and Vancouver (24th).

The happiest city in the country, according to Instagram, is Kingston, Ontario.

It's followed (in order) by Regina, Quebec City, Gatineau, and Saskatoon.

"It looks like the secret to finding happiness in Canada is either speaking French, being in Saskatchewan or being a student in Ontario," JetPac's results page says.

(Kingston is the home of Queen's University. Queen's has an enrolment of over 24,000, while the population of the city as a whole is over 123,000.)

London, Ontario – the home of Western University – came in sixth place. Waterloo-Kitchener (the home of two universities) came in seventh, and Kelowna followed.

JetPac conducted the same study with Instagram photos of American users, and found the "happiest" city was St. Louis, Missouri.

Kansas City – also in Missouri – came second, meaning that midwestern state is full of smiling social media users.

5,000 American cities were used in JetPac's survey.

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