The State Where People are Happiest Is…

Want to live the happies life you can? Of course you do and that’s why the folks who created the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index ranked all the states for where you can find the best quality of life. The winner is Hawaii and it’s the seventh time in over a decade that the Aloha State has won.

Only Hawaii and Colorado have managed to maintain their rankings among the top 10 states in wellbeing for 11 consecutive years. Meanwhile, the least happy state for the 10th straight year is West Virginia.

The findings are based on how residents feel about their careers, finances, physical health, communities and relationships. More than 115,000 surveys were completed by U.S. adults across all 50 states over the course of 2018. The Well-Being Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being the lowest sense of wellbeing and 100 the highest.

Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, told Today, “While at first blush, it seems intuitive — ‘Of course, it’s Hawaii’ — the way that we measure well-being doesn’t necessarily give Hawaii a leg up on the other states just as a function of where it’s located and the year-round outdoor weather.

It comes down to who lives there and what kind of culture do you have.”

Second to Hawaii on the list is Wyoming followed by Alaska, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Vermont, Alabama, Delaware, Louisiana and South Dakota. Interestingly, the Well-Being Index showed notable regional patterns, with happier areas centered along the Northern Plains and Mountain West while lower wellbeing states were more concentrated to the South and industrial Midwest. The survey also noted a decline in the overall wellbeing in the U.S. since 2017. This, according to a report by the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, is driven by dips in emotional health, social well-being and purpose well-being.

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