Happiest States in America, Iowa No. 8

Cultivation CorridorThe following article was initially published on Sept. 10, 2018 via WalletHub.

By Adam McCann, Financial Writer

Happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. We can influence it somewhat by approaching situations positively or choosing to spend time with people we love, doing activities we enjoy.

One thing that doesn’t drive happiness is money. Happiness only increases with wealth up to an annual income of $75,000. But one thing that can have a big influence on how we feel about life is where we choose to live.

In this study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life.

To determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors, we examined the 50 states across 31 key metrics, ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth. Read on for our findings, additional insight from a panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.

Happiest States in the U.S.

Overall Rank
(1 = Happiest)
State Total Score ‘Emotional & Physical Well-Being’ Rank ‘Work Environment’ Rank ‘Community & Environment’ Rank
1 Hawaii 68.27 1 30 4
2 Utah 67.84 18 1 2
3 Minnesota 67.26 2 6 10
4 North Dakota 65.62 6 9 6
5 California 63.14 4 24 12
6 Idaho 63.09 24 2 1
7 Maryland 61.78 7 38 5
8 Iowa 61.07 8 18 11
9 South Dakota 60.80 14 13 8
10 Nebraska 59.11 10 17 28
11 Wisconsin 58.87 16 11 14
12 Connecticut 58.24 9 40 18
13 New Jersey 58.10 3 44 38
14 New York 57.35 5 42 39
15 Virginia 57.35 15 25 27
16 Massachusetts 56.85 13 14 42
17 Washington 56.44 29 5 9
18 Colorado 55.38 19 3 46
19 Georgia 55.15 25 16 7
20 North Carolina 53.69 21 21 37
21 Arizona 52.92 27 12 34
22 Texas 52.56 11 28 49
23 Illinois 52.47 12 45 44
24 New Hampshire 52.37 23 27 31
25 Kansas 52.30 22 33 36
26 Nevada 51.80 40 15 3
27 Delaware 51.67 17 37 45
28 Montana 51.08 37 7 17
29 Florida 51.01 20 20 47
30 Pennsylvania 50.54 28 41 15
31 Rhode Island 50.44 30 31 29
32 Indiana 50.20 32 22 25
33 Maine 49.81 36 10 30
34 Michigan 49.52 34 26 20
35 Wyoming 48.90 31 43 22
36 South Carolina 48.26 38 32 13
37 Ohio 48.19 35 36 16
38 Vermont 48.18 26 23 48
39 Oregon 48.05 43 4 24
40 Tennessee 46.13 41 8 40
41 New Mexico 43.35 39 47 35
42 Missouri 42.76 45 34 21
43 Mississippi 41.63 42 46 26
44 Kentucky 39.42 48 19 19
45 Alabama 39.35 46 39 43
46 Oklahoma 38.89 47 35 33
47 Alaska 38.21 33 49 50
48 Louisiana 37.15 44 50 41
49 Arkansas 36.61 50 29 23
50 West Virginia 33.42 49 48 32

 

 

Read the full article to discover the key metrics WalletHub examined to determine the rankings.