WalletHub Study: 2017’s Happiest States in America

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By Jack Barnes

With the U.S. ranking No. 14 on this year’s World Happiness Report, down one spot since the previous edition, and research proving that money up to a certain dollar amount can contribute to happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Happiest States in America.

To determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 28 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from emotional health to income level to sports participation rate.

Happiest States in America
1 Minnesota 11 Maryland
2 Utah 12 Virginia
3 Hawaii 13 Vermont
4 California 14 North Dakota
5 Nebraska 15 Colorado
6 New Jersey 16 Washington
7 South Dakota 17 Idaho
8 Iowa 18 Connecticut
9 Wisconsin 19 Massachusetts
10 New Hampshire 20 Illinois

Best vs. Worst

  • Hawaii has the lowest share of adult depression, 11.7 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Oregon, which has the highest at 27.0 percent.
  • New York has the fewest suicides (per 100,000 residents), eight, which is 3.5 times fewer than in Wyoming, which has the most at 28.
  • North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate, 13.1 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which has the highest at 44.9 percent.
  • Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 39.29 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, where the rate is lowest, 18.31 percent.
  • Utah has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 16.22 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in the Nevada, which has the highest at 26.37 percent.

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

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