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The Top 10 Happiest States in the U.S.

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.

1. Hawaii

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Well-being index score: 65.2

2. Alaska3. South Dakota

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Well-being index score: 64.0

3. South Dakota4. Maine

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Well-being index score: 63.7

4. Maine

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Well-being index score: 63.6

5. Colorado6. Vermont

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Well-being index score: 63.5

6. Vermont

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Well-being index score: 63.5

7. Arizona

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Well-being index score: 63.4

8. Montana

8. Montana
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Well-being index score: 63.2

9. Minnesota

9. Minnesota
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Well-being index score: 63.2

10. Texas

10. Texas
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Well-being index score: 63.1

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