This Is the Happiest State in the Union

Congratulations, Hawaii
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2018 8:41 AM CDT
10 Happiest, and Least Happiest States
Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.   (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

It may be tough to measure happiness, but WalletHub took a crack at it by crunching data on 31 factors from depression to income in each state of the union. Your happiness winner is perhaps not a shocker: Hawaii. On the flip side, West Virginia fared worst. One big factor was "emotional and physical well-being," with Hawaii first and Arkansas last in that category; others were "work environment" (Utah first, Louisiana last), and "community and environment" (Idaho first, Alaska last). Read on for the top and bottom 10 overall states:

Happiest states overall:

  1. Hawaii, 68.27 overall score
  2. Utah, 67.84
  3. Minnesota, 67.26
  4. North Dakota, 65.62
  5. California, 63.14
  6. Idaho, 63.09
  7. Maryland, 61.78
  8. Iowa, 61.07
  9. South Dakota, 60.80
  10. Nebraska 59.11
The least happiest states:
  1. New Mexico, 43.35
  2. Missouri, 42.76
  3. Mississippi, 41.63
  4. Kentucky, 39.42
  5. Alabama, 39.35
  6. Oklahoma, 38.89
  7. Alaska, 38.21
  8. Louisiana, 37.15
  9. Arkansas, 36.61
  10. West Virginia, 33.42
Click for the full rankings and more breakdowns. (More happiness stories.)

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