New Study Rates the Happiest States in America - NBC Connecticut

New Study Rates the Happiest States in America



    New Study Rates the Happiest States in America

    A new study ranks the "Happiest States in America" with the belief that where you choose to live can impact your happiness.  Connecticut came in at 18 on the list.  

    The rankings were put together by personal finance website WalletHub.

    The top 5 states were: Minnesota, Utah, Hawaii, California, and Nebraska.

    West Virginia was ranked as the least happy state, followed by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas.

    Massachusetts came in just behind Connecticut at 19.  New Hampshire and Vermont ranked higher than the Nutmeg State, but Rhode Island, Maine, and New York all ranked lower.

    The study used three key areas to determine a state's rankings.  Those areas were: Emotional & Physical Well-Being, Work Environment, and Community & Environment.  Some of the specific areas studied include: physical health, depression, sleep, sports participation, life expectancy, suicide rate, commute time, job security, job satisfaction, and divorce rate.

    Here are the full rankings with the first state being the happiest:

    1. Minnesota

    2. Utah

    3. Hawaii

    4. California

    5. Nebraska

    6. New Jersey

    7. South Dakota

    8. Iowa

    9. Wisconsin

    10. New Hampshire

    11. Maryland

    12. Virginia

    13. Vermont

    14. North Dakota

    15. Colorado

    16. Washington

    17. Idaho

    18. Connecticut

    19. Massachusetts

    20. Illinois

    21. Arizona

    22. New York

    23. Montana (tie)

    23. Pennsylvania (tie)

    25. Maine

    26. North Carolina

    27. Kansas

    28. Texas

    29. Michigan

    30. Georgia

    31. Florida

    32. Oregon

    33. Rhode Island

    34. Indiana

    35. Delaware

    36. Ohio

    37. Nevada

    38. South Carolina

    39. Wyoming

    40. New Mexico

    41. Alska

    42. Tennessee

    43. Missouri

    44. Kentucky

    45. Mississippi

    46. Arkansas

    47. Alabama

    48. Louisiana

    49. Oklahoma

    50. West Virginia

    You can find the full results here.

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