After interviewing 177,000 adults across the country about their lifestyle, Gallup determined the happiest states in America—ranking all 50 from happiest to unhappiest. They developed a “well-being score” for each state based on respondents’ views on their social lives, finances, community, motivation, and physicality. And there does seem to be one clear pattern: states with more access to nature generally tended to be happier. I guess it only makes sense that Hawaii tops the list for the sixth year in a row.
The happiest states are those outside of the continental U.S. Next happiest are states in the Northern Plains and the Mountain West. The states with the lowest well-being scores are in the South and industrial Midwest. Check out the top 10 below and find the complete list here.