The Top 20 Happiest States in America

WalletHub performed a study to determine where the "happy" places in America are.

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WalletHub, a personal-finance website, has released a report on this year's happiest states in America. To determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 32 key indicators of happiness. The data collected ranges from depression rates and positive COVID-19 testing rates to income growth and unemployment rates. 

Happiest States in America

  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Jersey
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Idaho
  10. Connecticut
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Dakota
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Virginia
  15. Washington
  16. Vermont
  17. New York
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona

Happiness Comparisons

Some key finds from the study compared the highest and lowest rates for different pieces of data among the states. New Jersey's adult depression rate was roughly 2.3 times lower than in West Virginia, which has the highest rate at 27.25%. New York and New Jersey also had the fewest suicides, with New York with having 8 suicides per 100,000 residents.

North Dakota had the lowest long-term unemployment rate at 13.10%. This was 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which had the highest at 44.9%. Utah had the highest volunteer rate at 51%, as well as the lowest separation and divorce rate at 15.8%. 

To view the full report and your state’s rank, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/

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