The Happiest US State Is ...
Hawaii wins again, followed by North Dakota and Minnesota
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 6:01 PM CST
Updated Mar 3, 2012 7:07 AM CST
A woman in Hawaii, where smiles happen more easily.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – So people like sun and surf and swaying palm trees —who knew. For the third straight year, Hawaii has taken first place in a national poll of happiness among US states, LiveScience reports. The telephone survey of more than 350,000 adults posed questions about emotional health, work environment, and self-evaluation for the present and five years down the road. Here are the happiest states, including a score out of a possible 100 points:

  1. Hawaii: 70.2
  2. North Dakota: 70.0
  3. Minnesota: 69.2
  4. Utah: 69.0
  5. Alaska: 69.0
The unhappiest:

  1. West Virginia: 62.3
  2. Kentucky: 63.3
  3. Mississippi: 63.4
  4. Delaware: 64.2
  5. Ohio: 64.5
See the rest of both lists here.