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Hawaii Is Happiest State in US

Does a State Make People Happy, or Do Happy People Go to Happy States?

Go west if you want to be happy, a Twitter analysis found last year. But now a new study says not to stop in California if you want to be the happiest, because the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index named Hawaii the most content state in the union.

Is it any wonder? Hawaii looks like a day at the beach — it kind of is — and not even jobs and day-to-day demands seem to make its residents forget that. Honestly, though, I would never move there. The beach is lovely, but it also bores me. Not to typecast — actually, that's exactly what I am going to do — but I've seen House Hunters, and I know what kind of people move to Hawaii. They are optimists and take life as it comes. Regardless of their economic bracket, work is not why they're there. While, surely, there are exceptions, people go to Hawaii for Hawaii, not for affordable housing, career paths, or tax breaks.

Now that I've made all our Hawaiian readers unhappy, see how your state ranks below.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Alaska
  5. Colorado
  6. Minnesota
  7. South Dakota
  8. Utah
  9. Connecticut
  10. Massachusetts
  11. Nebraska
  12. Maryland
  13. Washington
  14. Montana
  15. Kansas
  16. New Hampshire
  17. Vermont
  18. California
  19. Iowa
  20. Idaho
  21. New Mexico
  22. Virginia
  23. Wisconsin
  24. New Jersey
  25. Maine
  26. Illinois
  27. Oregon
  28. Texas
  29. Arizona
  30. Pennsylvania
  31. Georgia
  32. New York
  33. Rhode Island
  34. Missouri
  35. South Carolina
  36. North Carolina
  37. Florida
  38. Oklahoma
  39. Indiana
  40. Tennessee
  41. Michigan
  42. Louisiana
  43. Delaware
  44. Nevada
  45. Ohio
  46. Alabama
  47. Arkansas
  48. Mississippi
  49. Kentucky
  50. West Virginia

Source: Flickr User The Daily Ornellas

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IdeaOfOrder IdeaOfOrder 5 years
I live in Washington and am surprised that we're so high up on the happy list. The weather used to not bum me out as much as it currently does, but it truly sucks for more than half of the year. The forecast said that today would be sunny with some clouds; translation full cloud cover with a couple minutes of sun break, it's depressing!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Poor, poor, poor, depressing Nevada.
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