• New report ranks happiest states in US

    By: Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    Want to live a happy life? Your well-being could depend on where you live, according to a new report. 

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    Financial website WalletHub recently conducted a study to determine the happiest places in America. To do so, its researchers compared the 50 states across three major categories: emotional and physical health, work environment, and community and environment.

    Within those categories, the analysts examined 31 key dimensions, such as depression rate, income growth, safety and work hours. Each metric was weighted and graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being “maximum happiness.”

    After assessing the data, WalletHub found Hawaii was the most content state with a total score of 66.48. Utah (65.93) took the No. 2 spot, while Minnesota (65.57) was No.3. So which state was the unhappiest? West Virginia came in last place with a total score of 33.73. 

    1. Hawaii - 66.48
    2. Utah - 65.93
    3. Minnesota - 65.57
    4. California - 64.11
    5. New Jersey - 60.54
    6. Idaho - 60.51
    7. Massachusetts - 60.5
    8. Maryland - 59.53
    9. Nebraska - 59.04
    10. Connecticut - 57.93
    11. Iowa - 57.88
    12. North Dakota - 57.53
    13. Nevada - 56.86
    14. Virginia - 55.59
    15. New York - 55.47
    16. Delaware - 54.64
    17. Georgia - 54.61
    18. Arizona - 53.95
    19. Colorado - 53.59
    20. Vermont - 52.74

     

    If you want to know how other areas fared, take a look the findings here

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