10 happiest states in America

If happiness is defined and measured by an index comprised of 6 categories –life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, healthy behaviors, and physical health — then Hawaii is America’s happiest state.

Dina Spector reports for Business Insider, June 21, 2012, that for the third straight year, Hawaii holds onto its title as the happiest state in America according to the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The nationwide survey is based on daily interviews with U.S. adults from January to December 2011. The Index is an average of six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, healthy behaviors, and physical health.
In general, state-level scores remained consistent with the past four years of data, with Western states ranking high on the wellbeing index, and most Southern states ranking at the bottom.
Here are 10 happiest states in America, as measured by the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranks the states from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom.
#10: Montana

  • Life Evaluation: #9
  • Emotional Health: #9
  • Physical Health: #25
  • Healthy Behavior: #11
  • Work Environment: #12
  • Basic Access: #28

#9 New Hampshire

  • Life Evaluation: #23
  • Emotional Health: #28
  • Physical Health: #2
  • Healthy Behavior: #2
  • Work Environment: #18
  • Basic Access: #5

#8 Nebraska

  • Life Evaluation: #6
  • Emotional Health: #4
  • Physical Health: #5
  • Healthy Behavior: #31
  • Work Environment: #9
  • Basic Access: #11

#7 Kansas

  • Life Evaluation: #12
  • Emotional Health: #7
  • Physical Health: #7
  • Healthy Behavior: #24
  • Work Environment: #3
  • Basic Access: #13

#6 Colorado

  • Life Evaluation: #12
  • Emotional Health: #7
  • Physical Health: #7
  • Healthy Behavior: #24
  • Work Environment: #3
  • Basic Access: #13

#5 Alaska

  • Life Evaluation: #1
  • Emotional Health: #3
  • Physical Health: #20
  • Healthy Behavior: #14
  • Work Environment: #11
  • Basic Access: #47

#4 Utah

  • Life Evaluation: #5
  • Emotional Health: #12
  • Physical Health: #17
  • Healthy Behavior: #6
  • Work Environment: #5
  • Basic Access: #8

#3 Minnesota

  • Life Evaluation: #7
  • Emotional Health: #5
  • Physical Health: #1
  • Healthy Behavior: #18
  • Work Environment: #7
  • Basic Access: #2

#2 North Dakota

  • Life Evaluation: #3
  • Emotional Health: #2
  • Physical Health: #8
  • Healthy Behavior: #33
  • Work Environment: #1
  • Basic Access: #10

#1 Hawaii

  • Life Evaluation: #1
  • Emotional Health: #2
  • Physical Health: #1
  • Healthy Behavior: #4
  • Work Environment: #44
  • Basic Access: #4 

Are you living in one of these so-called happiest states?
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  1. The only rteason people in Hawaii are happy is ‘cuz they don’t have to shovel snow. The rest of us are happy ‘cuz it keeps lazy people in the warm states.

     
  2. lowtechgrannie

    I wonder if this survey is based on the “United Nations Happiness Survey”? http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/agenda-21-un-is-pushing-the-happiness-survey/

     
  3. I have visited Montana and absolutely loved it, maybe more than Hawaii. Nice people, wildlife, and best steak I ever had was in Helena…course I’ve never been to MT during the winter 🙂

     
  4. These states, for the most part, have no large concentrations of population. Makes sense to me.

     
  5. All cooler states except Hawaii, but it makes up for that in beauty. Texas, 4 months of 100 degree weather. Hard to be happy with that. Stay inside in front of fan, no outdoor activity, plants die by May…….

     
  6. Sorry if someone’s already said it, but happiness is a state of mind.

     
  7. I’m surprised that Oklahoma isn’t in the top ratings–I find it to be a great place to live, in all categories!

     

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