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10 States Where People Are the Happiest

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By    |   Thursday, 11 July 2019 10:12 AM

Happiness is not a simple concept. If it were, there would be no need for the countless books and podcasts dedicated to achieving this ultimate goal. That's not to say it can't be achieved. Or that it can't be measured.

Various factors contribute to a person's overall feelings of happiness and contentment. Things like relationships, financial security, community, health, and career all come into play. These factors are what the 2019 Gallup Well-Being Index used to determine the states where people are the happiest and had the highest well-being.

The rankings were based upon more than 115,000 responses to surveys conducted across all 50 states. Respondents were asked to rank their well-being and happiness according to how happy they were in their careers, whether they felt loved in their personal relationships, how stressed out they were about finances, how close they were with the greater community, and whether they were in good health. Based on these responses, 24/7 Tempo compiled a list of the 20 states where people are the happiest. Here we look at the top 10, as listed by 24/7:

10. North Dakota

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 62.2% (3rd highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 41.2% (6th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 46.1% (17th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 58.5% (17th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 10.3% (14th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 281 per 100,000 people (13th highest)

9. South Dakota

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 61.3% (4th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 37.7% (16th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 49.4% (6th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 61.3% (6th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 13.0% (5th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 434 per 100,000 people (6th highest)

8. Delaware

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 55.8% (20th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 39.3% (12th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 45.6% (19th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 58.5% (17th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 13.6% (3rd highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 453 per 100,000 people (4th highest)

7. Vermont

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 59.0% (13th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 37.6% (17th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 48.1% (10th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 57.9% (19th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 11.3% (8th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 166 per 100,000 people (20th highest)

6. Colorado

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 59.5% (11th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 40.8% (7th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 50.1% (4th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 62.2% (4th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 10.3% (14th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 368 per 100,000 people (9th highest)

5. Utah

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 60.3% (7th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 43.0% (3rd highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 49.1% (7th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 63.1% (3rd highest)
  • Poverty rate: 9.7% (16th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 239 per 100,000 people (15th highest)

4. Montana

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 65.1% (the highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 38.8% (13th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 51.4% (2nd highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 62.1% (5th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 12.5% (7th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 377 per 100,000 people (8th highest)

3. Alaska

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 60.5% (6th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 44.5% (the highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 53.1% (the highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 64.7% (2nd highest)
  • Poverty rate: 11.1% (10th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 829 per 100,000 people (the highest)

2. Wyoming

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 60.8% (5th highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 43.1% (2nd highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 50.1% (4th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 59.8% (13th highest)
  • Poverty rate: 11.3% (8th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 238 per 100,000 people (17th highest)

1. Hawaii

  • Adults who like what they do every day: 63.0% (2nd highest)
  • Adults in near perfect physical health: 37.4% (18th highest)
  • Adults who learned or do something interesting every day: 46.7% (15th highest)
  • Adults who get positive energy from friends and family every day: 70.6% (the highest)
  • Poverty rate: 9.5% (18th highest)
  • Violent crime rate: 251 per 100,000 people (14th highest)

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A new survey determined which states are the happiest, based on factors like relationships, financial security, community, health, and career.
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2019-12-11
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