Happiest States

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 Total Score Emotional & Physical Well Being Rank Work Environment Rank Community & Environment Rank 2019 Pop.
1Hawaii68.2713041,416,589
2Utah67.8418123,221,610
3Minnesota67.2626105,655,925
4North Dakota65.62696760,900
5California63.144241239,747,267
6Idaho63.0924211,790,182
7Maryland61.7873856,062,917
8Iowa61.07818113,167,997
9South Dakota60.814138892,631
10Nebraska59.111017281,940,919
11Wisconsin58.871611145,832,661
12Connecticut58.24940183,567,871
13New Jersey58.1344388,922,547
14New York57.355423919,491,339
15Virginia57.351525278,571,946
16Massachusetts56.851314426,939,373
17Washington56.4429597,666,343
18Colorado55.38193465,770,545
19Georgia55.152516710,627,767
20North Carolina53.6921213710,497,741
21Arizona52.922712347,275,070
22Texas52.5611284929,087,070
23Illinois52.4712454412,700,381
24New Hampshire52.372327311,363,852
25Kansas52.32233362,910,931
26Nevada51.8401533,087,025
27Delaware51.67173745975,033
28Montana51.08377171,074,532
29Florida51.0120204721,646,155
30Pennsylvania50.5428411512,813,969
31Rhode Island50.443031291,056,738
32Indiana50.23222256,718,616
33Maine49.813610301,342,097
34Michigan49.5234262010,020,472
35Wyoming48.9314322572,381
36South Carolina48.263832135,147,111
37Ohio48.1935361611,718,568
38Vermont48.18262348627,180
39Oregon48.05434244,245,901
40Tennessee46.13418406,833,793
41New Mexico43.353947352,096,034
42Missouri42.764534216,147,861
43Mississippi41.634246262,987,895
44Kentucky39.424819194,484,047
45Alabama39.354639434,898,246
46Oklahoma38.894735333,948,950
47Alaska38.21334950735,720
48Louisiana37.154450414,652,581
49Arkansas36.615029233,026,412
50West Virginia33.424948321,791,951