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
The Happiest US State Is ...
A woman in Hawaii, where smiles happen more easily.   (Shutterstock)

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. (More happiness stories.)

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