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What are the happiest states in America? What makes a state happy anyway haha? Well, that may be different things for different people. A new report from WalletHub claims to have figured it out, and named the happiest state in the nation.

  • WalletHub has just come out with their list of the Happiest States in the U.S.
  • They looked at the 50 states across 30 key metrics in areas of emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community and environment.
  • Factors include depression rates, income growth, physical health, sleep rates, and more.
  • Topping the list this year is Hawaii, which scores a 66.31 out of 100, landing on top for emotional and physical well-being, and in the Top 10 for community and environment.
  • Utah, fourth overall, is number one for both work environment and community and environment.

North Carolina was 20th on the list. Scoring a high score of 14 on the Wellness rank. South Carolina came in at 33 scoring a high of 11 in Enivoroment and community.

First here’s the list of least happy states:


New Mexico



Mississippi (last in “Work Environment” category)





West Virginia (last in “Emotional & Physical Well-Being” category)

Now. Here’s the top 10 happiest states in America:

  • 10. Connecticut

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  • 9. Nebraska

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  • 8. Illinois

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  • 7. California

    Santa Cruz California Beaches and Boardwalk

     (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

  • 6. Idaho

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    (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Sun Valley Film Festival)

  • 5. New Jersey

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     (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

  • 4. Utah

    Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UT.

    (Photo by Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

  • 3. Minnesota

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     (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Liaison)

  • 2. Maryland

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    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • 1. Hawaii

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    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)