Florida has oranges, Idaho has potatoes, Texas has oil, but which state has the most happy people? This map from Wallet Hub seeks to answer that question.
They used these three determinants to find out which states have the highest levels of happiness: Emotional & Physical Well-Being, Work Environment and Community & Environment.
Furthermore, each determinant was broken up into separate measures including participation in sports, income levels, divorce statistics, adequate sleep rates, hours worked, and more.
They used the weighted average of these metrics in each state to determine its happiness quotient. You may be surprised with the results.
While it’s no shock to learn that Hawaii, with its gorgeous tropical scenery and beautiful weather has the lowest rate of adult depression, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that New Jersey has the second lowest rate.
Hawaiians don’t get that much rest though, coming in dead last in the adequate sleep department. The state where people get the best sleep is actually scenic Colorado.
If you want to work less and enjoy life more, consider moving to Utah, where they have the fewest work hours. Keep your nose to the grindstone in Texas though, the Lone Star State came in at No. 47 in the category of hours worked.
But how does that all add up? Well, according to Wallet Hub’s metrics, Minnesota is the happiest state in the U.S., and West Virginia is the least happy. To see where your state ranked, hover your mouse over your home state on the map below.