New report ranks happiest states in US

New study determines happiest states in America

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

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.

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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.