Want to Be Happy? Move to This State

No wonder so many people vacation in the Aloha State
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2019 10:50 AM CDT
Here Are America's Happiest, Least Happy States
Surprised that the most joy is felt in the Aloha State?   (Getty Images/jacoblund)

Home is where the heart is, and for people in certain parts of the US, where happiness reigns. WalletHub looked at more than 30 metrics for all 50 states, concentrating on three main categories: emotional and physical well-being (including career and social satisfaction, depression rates, and life expectancy); work environment, meaning such factors as commute times and how long people work each day; and community and environment, which examined safety, weather, and divorce rates, among other things. Where people are most often smiling: the Aloha State. Read on to see how the others ranked:

  1. Hawaii (No. 1 in the "Emotional and Physical Well-Being" category)
  2. Utah (No. 1 in the "Work Environment" category)
  3. Minnesota
  4. California
  5. New Jersey
  6. Idaho (No. 1 in the "Community and Environment" category)
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Maryland
  9. Nebraska
  10. Connecticut
Read on for the states that need some cheering up.

The least happy states:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Arkansas
  3. Alaska
  4. Mississippi
  5. Louisiana
  6. Kentucky
  7. Alabama
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Tennessee
  10. Missouri
See how the other states add up. (Here are the happiest US cities.)

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