ST. LOUIS - The Show Me State likes to smile. The maker of a new iPhone app named St. Louis and Kansas City the happiest cities in America, following a six-month study involving smiles on Instagram photos.
The study, conducted by Jetpac, utilized geo-parsing technology to find patterns in more than 100 million public images on Instagram.
Jetpac designed its new travel app utilizing Instagram to identify popular places in cities all over America, places like restaurants with the best views and where parents go with their kids.
Rounding out the top 5 happiest cities are Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. Chicago came in 12th, Denver placed 16th and New Orleans finished in 30th.