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Happiest State in the US

What makes a person happy is different for everyone, but there are  certainly some outside factors that can affect a person’s overall  happiness. Apparently, where we choose to live is one of them.

Well, WalletHub has just come out with their list of the happiest  states in America, judging states on 28 key metrics, including  depression rates, sports participation rate, income growth and more.  They also looked at things like emotional and physical well-being on  personal happiness, life expectancy, suicide rate, and food insecurity  rate.

So where in the U.S. are folks the happiest? Well, apparently  Minnesota, which gets high marks for emotional and physical well-being,  as well as community and environment. Meanwhile, the least happy people  in the U.S. live in West Virginia, which ranks near the bottom for  emotional and physical well-being and work environment.


Top Ten Happiest States in the U.S.

  1. Minnesota
  2. Utah
  3. Hawaii
  4. California
  5. Nebraska
  6. New Jersey
  7. South Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Wisconsin
  10. New Hampshire


Ten Least Happiest States in the U.S.

  1. West Virginia
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Louisiana
  4. Alabama
  5. Arkansas
  6. Mississippi
  7. Kentucky
  8. Missouri
  9. Tennessee
  10. Alaska

Other findings from the survey:

  • Hawaii is the state with the lowest share of adult depression, while Oregon has the highest rate.
  • Colorado has the highest adequate sleep rate, while Hawaii has the least.
  • Colorado also has the highest sports participation rate, while Mississippi has the lowest.
  • New York has the lowest suicide rate, while Wyoming has the highest.
  • Folks in Utah have the fewest work hours, while those in Alaska work the most.
  • North Dakota has the highest growth income rate, while Nevada has the lowest. 

Source: WalletHub

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