When you think about the happiest states in America, what do you imagine? Do you think of the care-free surfer bros of California? The always down to party citizens of New Jersey? Or what about the Mormons of Utah, who are always the nicest, happiest people you can imagine?
Well if you were curious about this, the people at WalletHub are here for you! They conducted a study to rank all 50 states based on happiness. They used 28 different metrics to determine their Happiness Index, which ranged from depression rate to income growth to sleep rates.
Here are their rankings from least happy state to most happy.
50. West Virginia
40. New Mexico
38. South Carolina
33. Rhode Island
26. North Carolina
22. New York
14. North Dakota
10. New Hampshire
7. South Dakota
6. New Jersey
It's hard to believe the coldest state in America is also the happiest. This study must've been conducted during summer months. Also, I told you Mormons are happy people.
Some interesting notes in the study: Oregon has the highest share of adults with depression, while Hawaii has the least. However, Hawaii also has the worst adequate sleep rates in the country. The first three states with legalized recreational marijuana (Colorado, Oregon and Washington) are also the top three states in highest sports participation. Utah, Oregon and Rhode Island have the fewest work hours in the country, while Alaska, Wyoming and North Dakota have the most.
Here is a look of WalletHub's findings in map form. You can click on each state to see where it is in the rankings.
You can go to WalletHub for more information about the study.