Image Processing Study Reveals the Happiest Cities in Canada

Chris Whyman, Kingston’s Town Crier


Today we can reveal the secret to finding happiness in Canada.

Finding the Happiest City in Canada took doing image processing on over 100million Instagram photos to count and size the smiles on people’s faces from all the cities in Canada.  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.

So the question we have to ask is, why do people in one city smile that much more than people in another? What is going on in Kingston?

It looks like the secret to finding happiness in Canada is either speaking French, being in Saskatchewan or being a student in Ontario.

Image Processing Study Reveals the Happiest Cities in Canada

Top 10 Happiest Cities in Canada



Top Canadian cities in order of ‘smile score’

1 KINGSTON 40.2 
2 REGINA 36.2 
3 QUÉBEC CITY 34.5 
4 GATINEAU 33.8 
5 SASKATOON 33.4 
6 LONDON 32.3 
7 WATERLOO-KITCHENER 29.8 
8 KELOWNA 29.4 
9 EDMONTON 29.3 
10 BANFF 28.1 
11 HAMILTON 27.9 
12 SURREY 27.6 
13 CALGARY 27.3 
14 WINNIPEG 27.2 
15 BURLINGTON 27.2 
16 VICTORIA 26.8 
17 HALIFAX 26.2 
18 OTTAWA 26 
19 MONT-TREMBLANT 25.6
20 NIAGARA FALLS 25.4 
21 WHISTLER 24.1 
22 MONTRÉAL 23.6 
23 TORONTO 21.3 
24 VANCOUVER 20.2 
25 NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE 17.7

Go to the Jetpac City Guides app for iPhone to see all city guides for Canada. 

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