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.
Even though Hawaii got the number-three spot in the Wallethub study, Hawaiians earned the title of the happiest state in the U.S. for the sixth time in eight years, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. The pollsters interviewed more than 177,000 U.S. adults across all 50 states, ranking state residents’ happiness according to metrics such as personal purpose, community pride, and social, financial, and physical well-being. Hawaii residents lead the nation in three of the five categories: managing their economic lives, maintaining good health, and liking where they live. The Hawaiian language itself my contribute to their state of zen.