2017’s Happiest States in America
With the U.S. ranking No. 14 on this year’s World Happiness Report, down one spot since the previous edition, and research proving that money up to a certain dollar amount can contribute to happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of the happiest state in the country this year.
To determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life, WalletHub’s analysts compared all 50 states across 28 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from emotional health to income level to sports participation rate.
Hawaii has the lowest share of adult depression, 11.7 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Oregon, which has the highest at 27.0 percent. New York has the fewest suicides per 100,000 residents – eight. This is 3.5 times fewer than in Wyoming, which has the most at 28.
When it comes to jobs, North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate at 13.1 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which has the highest at 44.9 percent.
As far as family goes, Utah has the lowest separation and divorce rate at 16.22 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in the Nevada, which has the highest at 26.37 percent.
Utah also ranks No. 1 in volunteering. Almost 40 percent of people offer their time to help out, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, where the rate is lowest, 18.31 percent.