Happiest States 2019

We all have our good days and bad days. Some days we are sad, and some we are happy. We can feel happiness because of a promotion, an upcoming trip, time with family, or the place we live. Some states in the U.S. are considered happier than others. However, can you measure happiness?

Some publications, think tanks, and organizations believe that you can. WalletHub is among them. In 2018, the personal finance site released its report, “2018’s Happiest States in America.” All 50 states were analyzed by the company to determine which were the happiest in the nation.

The company looked at 31 different metrics when determining which states were the happiest. These metrics included the number of work hours, job security, adult depression, income growth, and even the weather.

Based on this study, Hawaii was found to be the happiest state in the nation. In addition to taking the top spot overall, Hawaii was also ranked number one for Emotional and Physical Well-Being.

Coming in second on the list was Utah. Although it was ranked 18th for Emotional and Physical Well-Being, it came in first for Work Environment.

Placing third on the list was Minnesota, which ranked in the top 10 for Emotional and Physical Well-Being, Work Environment, and Community and Environment.

The next happiest state on the list was North Dakota, which also ranked in the top 10 for all three categories.

Based on the WalletHub study, the top 20 happiest states in the nation are:

The study also ranked best states across different metrics. The lowest share of adult depression was found in New York. The highest amount of adequate sleep occurs in South Dakota. Coloradans have the highest participation in sports. The lowest suicide rate is found in New Jersey. Utahans have the fewest work hours, the highest volunteer rate, and the lowest divorce rate. The highest income growth was recorded in North Dakota.

Rank State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth 2018 Pop. 2010 Census Growth Since 2010 % of US
1California39,747,2670.48%39,557,04537,320,9036.50%11.96%
4New York19,491,339-0.26%19,542,20919,400,0800.47%5.86%
8Georgia10,627,7671.03%10,519,4759,711,8109.43%3.20%
9North Carolina10,497,7411.10%10,383,6209,574,2939.65%3.16%
11New Jersey8,922,5470.16%8,908,5208,799,6241.40%2.68%
12Virginia8,571,9460.64%8,517,6858,023,6806.83%2.58%
13Washington7,666,3431.74%7,535,5916,742,90213.70%2.31%
15Massachusetts6,939,3730.54%6,902,1496,566,4315.68%2.09%
19Maryland6,062,9170.33%6,042,7185,788,6424.74%1.82%
20Wisconsin5,832,6610.33%5,813,5685,690,4792.50%1.75%
21Colorado5,770,5451.32%5,695,5645,048,28114.31%1.74%
22Minnesota5,655,9250.80%5,611,1795,310,8436.50%1.70%
29Connecticut3,567,871-0.13%3,572,6653,579,125-0.31%1.07%
30Utah3,221,6101.91%3,161,1052,775,33416.08%0.97%
31Iowa3,167,9970.38%3,156,1453,050,7673.84%0.95%
38Nebraska1,940,9190.60%1,929,2681,829,5366.09%0.58%
40Idaho1,790,1822.05%1,754,2081,570,77313.97%0.54%
41Hawaii1,416,589-0.27%1,420,4911,363,9633.86%0.43%
47South Dakota892,6311.18%882,235816,1659.37%0.27%
48North Dakota760,9000.11%760,077674,71012.77%0.23%