Meet the Least Happy Person in America

And she probably doesn't exist
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2011 5:46 AM CDT
Updated Mar 19, 2011 6:38 AM CDT
West Virginia came in last place out of 50 states in Gallup's 2010 well-being survery.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Hawaiian Alvin Wong is the happiest person in America, based on Gallup data, but what about the unhappiest? The New York Times, using the same statistics relating to well-being, has found her, or at least described her. The least happy person in the US is a short, middle-aged, childless Muslim woman who is separated from her husband and earns less than $12,000 year.

She lives in West Virginia and is an unemployed manufacturing worker, according to the Times, which notes that there may not be any person out there who meets all the criteria—and if such a person does exist, she may not be as miserable as the statistics suggest. Click to read more about "happiest person" Alvin Wong. (Read more West Virginia stories.)

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