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Happiness comes from inside, but it’s also influenced by external factors in our lives. Factors like who we spend time with and doing things we enjoy. It turns out, where you live can also have an impact on how happy you are. Since we’re in the “Carolinas” I wanted to know which state has happier people North or South Carolina. And new research reveals which states are the happiest. Let’s break it down and find out which state is happiest!

WalletHub has just come out with their latest report on the Happiest States in the U.S. They compared all 50 states on 30 key metrics in three main areas: emotional & physical well-being, work environment and community & environment. So who won North Or South Carolina?

North Carolina landed at #26 on the list. North Carolina scored a 53.55 overall. 15 for emotional and physical well being, 28 for work environment, and 38 for community and environment. 38 is a little high if you ask me. We have great parks, beaches and mountains. Who else can say that?

South Carolina scored a 55.27. This lands SC ahead of NC at #20 on the list. With scores of 28 for emotional & physical well-being, 20 for work environment and 11 for community & environment.

Congrats South Carolina you officially have a happier state!

Here’s what else the study found:

  • They looked at everything from the depression rate to the physical health index to income growth.
  • Utah tops the list as this year’s happiest state, coming in first for both work environment and community & environment.
  • Hawaii, second overall, is number one for emotional and physical well-being.
  • At the other end of the list is West Virginia, which is 50th overall and 50th for both work environment and emotional and physical well-being, making it the least happy state.

Top 10 Happiest States for 2023

(check out the complete list here)

  1. Utah
  2. Hawaii
  3. Maryland
  4. Minnesota
  5. New Jersey
  6. Connecticut
  7. California
  8. Florida
  9. Idaho
  10. Nebraska

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