Have you ever wondered what the happiest place in the entire country is? Well, to answer your question, our friends at
WalletHub did research to rank the happiest states in the country. The results might be different than what you would expect!
To determine their results, the study looked at three main categories: 1. Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2. Work, and 3. Community, Environment, & Recreational Activities. Here are the top 15 happiest states in the country:
Maryland is the 15th happiest state in the country, maybe in part due to its gorgeous beaches.
California, like Hawaii, is often stereotyped as the land of surfers and superstars. It is the 14th happiest state in the country, mainly thanks to its eighth place spot in Emotional & Physical Well-Being.
13. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. sounds like an exciting place to live, if not only for its exclusivity! Those living near the president enjoy a lifestyle that ranks fifth in Emotional & Physical Well-Being, but only 17th in Work and 29th in Community.
Apparently the dark and the cold is no deterrent to Alaskans' happiness! The state ranks seventh for Emotional & Physical Well-Being.
Now I understand why Dorothy was upset to not be in Kansas anymore. The state ranks fairly well in all three categories, earning it an 11th place spot for happiness.
Idaho's happiness ranking at #10 is thanks to its seventh place rating for Community, Environment, and Recreational Activities.
9. South Dakota
It's surprising that South Dakota ranks so far below its northernmost counterpart! The two states have similar ratings for Emotional & Physical Well-Being and for Work, but South Dakota is 12th for Community, far below North Dakota.
Hawaii is frequently romanticized as one of the best states in the country, and it looks like the data backs up this stereotype. Hawaii is 32nd in Work (ouch) but FIRST in Community, Environment, and Recreational Activities... No surprises there.
Iowa ranks as one of the happiest states mainly because of its Work rating, which is second.
Wyoming ranks fifth in both Work and in Community. Nice!
Nebraska comes in at fourth for Work and sixth for Community, but only 13th for Emotional & Physical Well-Being... Wonder why!
Colorado has become an even more popular destination in recent years... And is ranked second for Emotional & Physical Well-Being.
3. North Dakota
North Dakota doesn't rank incredibly high in the first two categories, but is boosted in our list by its third place position in Community, Environment & Recreational Activities.
Minnesota is the top-ranking state in Emotional & Physical Well-Being, which is pretty important as far as I'm concerned.
Utah is the place to be. With a view like that, who would argue? The state ranks first in Work, second in Community, and third in Emotional & Physical well-being.