To crown a state the happiest of all is a tall order, but several surveys and polls have done the work for us. We rounded up the top 10 happiest states, five according to a 2017 large-scale study and five from a 2016 poll of over 170,000 people across the U.S. First up, in the 2017 Wallethub study, analysts looked at emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment in all 50 states. Their pick for the happiest state: Minnesota. While Minnesota didn’t hit the top spot on any of aforementioned three categories, it made the top five in all of them, putting it at the number-one happiest state overall.
It’s easy to see how Utah landed number two on WalletHub’s study. It was the state with both the best work environment (such as number of work hours and job security), and community and environment (including safety, hours of leisure time, and divorce rates). If you’re going for a visit, Utah has some of the best camping in the country.