It’s no secret that environment has a huge impact on lifestyle. The location of your home affects the types of people around you, where you work, and your surrounding landscape. But can it also affect your mood?
The United States dropped down to a ranking of the 19th happiest place to live on this year’s World Happiness Report, one spot lower than in 2018. This prompted Wallethub to take a closer look at happiness levels across the U.S. to determine where specifically is the happiest part of the country. The personal finance website analyzed 31 key metrics including depression rate, income growth and even sports participation rate. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life.
Are you happy with where your state ranks?
Happiest States in America
|1. Hawaii||11. Iowa|
|2. Utah||12. North Dakota|
|3. Minnesota||13. Nevada|
|4. California||14. Virginia|
|5. New Jersey||15. New York|
|6. Idaho||16. Delaware|
|7. Massachusetts||17. Georgia|
|8. Maryland||18. Arizona|
|9. Nebraska||19. Colorado|
|10. Connecticut||20. Vermont|
Best vs. Worst
- Hawaii has the lowest share of adult depression, 11.88 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Maine, which has the highest at 26.89 percent.
- New York has the fewest suicides (per 100,000 residents), 8, which is 3.6 times fewer than in Montana, which has the most at 29.
- North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate, 13.10 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which has the highest at 44.90 percent.
- Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 51.00 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Florida, where the rate is the lowest at 22.80 percent.
- Utah has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 15.88 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, which has the highest at 26.19 percent.
To view the full report and your state’s rank, visit the WalletHub website.