It’s a place where thousands of wild bunnies roam the streets, and sidewalk machines routinely fill the air with bubbles.
It’s a place where the white tuxedoed mayor and his ice cream eating poodle lead the neighbors in renditions of “If You’re Happy And You Know It” in the middle of town.
Suffice it to say, in Langley, Wash., it’s hard not to be happy.
“This place is Sweetville, just don't tell anybody!” said one resident, who has lived in Langley for 18 years.
Too late. The tiny town of 1,100 on the south end of Whidbey Island is apparently getting a reputation.
It’s now one of just 10 cities nominated by Coastal Living Magazine as America’s “happiest seaside town.”
Coastal Living looked at everything from crime rates to days of sunshine in narrowing its nominees, but those living in Langley say it’s more about the kind and generous nature of the people that makes the place so joyful.
There are more than 200 non-profits on the south end of Whidbey Island that care for the community. Neighbors are constantly doing everything from feeding the hungry to fixing up the homes of people who can’t do it themselves.
“Whenever there is an issue or problem, everyone turns out to lend a helping hand,” said Mayor Tim Callison. “That’s what makes this place special.”
Langley is the first Washington town ever nominated for the award, and by far the smallest of the cities under consideration. Townspeople are hoping to garner votes from all over the Northwest.
Voting is open until midnight on October 29. The winner will be announced January 11.