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      09-22-2020 06:30 PM #1
      2020’s Happiest States in America

      Happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. We can influence it somewhat by approaching situations positively or choosing to spend time with people we love, doing activities we enjoy. Some years, it’s harder to be happy than others, though. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it, causing sickness, limiting social interactions and leading to widespread job losses. During these trials, which have had a strong negative impact on Americans’ mental health, WalletHub searched for the states where people can stay positive despite the circumstances.

      In this study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life.

      To determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors, we examined the 50 states across 32 key metrics, ranging from the depression rate and the positive COVID-19 testing rate to income growth and the unemployment rate. Read on for our findings, additional insight from a panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.
      Main Findings

      Happiest States in the U.S.

      Overall Rank
      (1 = Happiest)


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      Total Score - State - ‘Emotional & Physical Well-Being’ Rank - ‘Work Environment’ Rank - ‘Community & Environment’ Rank
      1 Hawaii 69.58 2 16 3
      2 Utah 69.42 14 1 1
      3 Minnesota 65.87 4 4 10
      4 New Jersey 64.10 1 30 22
      5 Maryland 61.78 3 33 9
      6 California 61.14 7 18 13
      7 North Dakota 60.02 18 3 7
      8 Iowa 59.65 15 6 11
      9 Idaho 59.58 34 2 2
      10 Connecticut 59.23 5 38 17
      11 Nebraska 59.06 9 8 36
      12 South Dakota 58.53 22 10 4
      13 Massachusetts 57.30 8 12 43
      14 Virginia 56.27 11 21 33
      15 Washington 55.60 27 7 18
      16 Vermont 55.59 20 24 6
      17 New York 54.86 6 44 45
      18 Wisconsin 54.32 23 17 19
      19 Nevada 53.67 29 25 5
      20 Arizona 53.47 19 20 32
      21 New Hampshire 53.36 24 11 38
      22 Georgia 52.73 21 36 24
      23 Colorado 52.57 17 9 47
      24 Delaware 52.25 16 43 35
      25 Texas 51.04 10 31 50
      26 Rhode Island 50.96 25 28 34
      27 Florida 50.58 12 39 49
      28 Pennsylvania 50.16 26 40 30
      29 Illinois 50.14 13 45 46
      30 Maine 50.12 35 14 20
      31 Wyoming 49.26 30 23 39
      32 North Carolina 49.19 28 27 42
      33 Kansas 49.16 31 19 40
      34 South Carolina 48.78 36 26 21
      35 Ohio 48.37 32 41 25
      36 Indiana 47.96 33 29 31
      37 Michigan 47.27 38 35 23
      38 Montana 47.25 40 5 41
      39 New Mexico 47.03 39 46 8
      40 Missouri 45.79 41 22 12
      41 Oregon 43.67 43 13 29
      42 Alaska 40.85 37 47 48
      43 Alabama 40.28 46 34 16
      44 Mississippi 39.52 44 48 14
      45 Tennessee 39.21 45 15 44
      46 Kentucky 38.29 47 32 26
      47 Louisiana 38.15 42 50 28
      48 Oklahoma 37.66 48 37 27
      49 Arkansas 36.83 49 42 15
      50 West Virginia 30.58 50 49 37

      More of the article and a better version of the above table in the link at the top.
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      09-22-2020 06:41 PM #2
      The bottom-8: LOL

      Edited:
      I'd add that the top-7 for evangelicals are Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
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      09-22-2020 06:46 PM #3
      Can't really blame places like Oklahoma, seems like every other year that half their damn state is terrorized by some blood-thirsty tornado.
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      09-22-2020 07:18 PM #4
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      09-22-2020 07:41 PM #5
      Dear New Jersey,

      The f**k you so happy about?

      - New York
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      09-22-2020 07:44 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkEnergist View Post
      Dear New Jersey,

      The f**k you so happy about?

      - New York
      Beat me to it, was about to post “how do I trust a list that puts Jersey at #4”.
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      09-22-2020 07:55 PM #7
      I expected Ohio to be much lower. Most people I see are less than pleasant these days.

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      09-22-2020 07:57 PM #8
      Top 20. I’ll take it.

      I feel like Ohio is placed way too high though.
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      09-22-2020 07:59 PM #9
      Jersey in the top 5.


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      09-22-2020 08:08 PM #10
      Can we remove Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, from the survey and have an accurate ranking of CA?
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      09-22-2020 08:17 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      Can we remove Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, from the survey and have an accurate ranking of CA?
      I'm surprised at California's high happiness ranking, but I doubt the mousehouse had that much of an effect (if any). Otherwise, Florida would have topped the list.
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      09-22-2020 08:55 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      I'm surprised at California's high happiness ranking...
      Not such a great place for libertarians; decent place to be a human?
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      09-22-2020 10:31 PM #13
      I submit that slightly more than the northern half of Wisconsin has friendly, relaxed, helpful people. So does Iowa, very nice people there. I don't see the negative-sounding passive-agressive part of "Minnesota Nice" in northern mid-west people.

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      09-22-2020 10:40 PM #14
      Surprised to see Colorado in the mid 20's
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      09-23-2020 12:09 AM #15
      This list is BS, CT in the top 10? Everyone I know here, including myself, is depressed AF.

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      09-23-2020 02:51 AM #16
      First off.... WTF is Wallet Hub?

      Oh here you go:

      WalletHub is the first-ever website to offer free credit scores and full credit reports that are updated on a daily basis. But we consider that just an appetizer, as we’ve built the brain of an artificially intelligent financial advisor that will truly leave your wallet full. WalletHub’s brain performs three primary functions, providing: 1) Customized credit-improvement advice; 2) Personalized savings alerts; and 3) 24/7 wallet surveillance. Such features are supplemented by more reviews of financial products, professionals and companies than any other website offers and a diverse community of subject matter experts. WalletHub is owned by Evolution Finance, Inc. and is based in Washington, DC.


      Second, how can this be for 2020 when their methodology says:

      Methodology

      In order to determine the happiest states in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Work Environment and 3) Community & Environment.

      We evaluated those dimensions using 32 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing maximum happiness.

      Finally, we determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

      Our analysis draws upon the findings of the following research, each of which has indicated a correlation between our data and happiness:
      • Happy People Live Longer: Subjective Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity (Chan and Diener, 2010)
      • Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences (Bhattacharjee and Mogilner, 2014)
      • Sports Participation and Happiness: Evidence from U.S. Micro Data (Huang and Humphreys, 2010)
      • Unhappy Cities (Glaeser, et al., 2014)
      The rest of their sources either link to their own site or to Gallup polls.



      Not as bad as Buzz Feed clickbait, but damn is this close - I guess they at least tried to look legit?

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      09-23-2020 07:14 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      Can we remove Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, from the survey and have an accurate ranking of CA?
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      09-23-2020 07:39 AM #18
      Maryland at #5? LOL. Top half, sure... but top 10? Not a chance. These are some of the most reactive and angry people I've experienced, and I've been to North Korea .
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      09-23-2020 07:47 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post

      Not as bad as Buzz Feed clickbait, but damn is this close - I guess they at least tried to look legit?
      We don't care about the 'study', we're here to talk smack on all the states that aren't the ones where we live.

      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      Maryland at #5? LOL. Top half, sure... but top 10? Not a chance. These are some of the most reactive and angry people I've experienced, and I've been to North Korea .


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      09-23-2020 08:02 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkEnergist View Post
      Dear New Jersey,

      The f**k you so happy about?

      - New York


      All honesty, there are some really nice places in NJ once you get out of Newark, Trenton, Camden, or the Pine Barrens

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      09-23-2020 08:06 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Tornado2dr View Post
      We don't care about the 'study', we're here to talk smack on all the states that aren't the ones where we live.
      Fair enough...

      I'm trying to figure out how the Dakota, Idaho and Wyoming placed better than Montana? I would move to western Montana tomorrow if I wasn't so excited to be riding out the second wave of ronapocalypse here in sunny Holland. The Dakotas though? F- that.

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      09-23-2020 08:33 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      First off.... WTF is Wallet Hub?

      Oh here you go:





      Second, how can this be for 2020 when their methodology says:



      The rest of their sources either link to their own site or to Gallup polls.



      Not as bad as Buzz Feed clickbait, but damn is this close - I guess they at least tried to look legit?
      Jesus, dude. What are your thoughts on Penthouse forum? This is clearly not hard hitting journalism.
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      09-23-2020 09:12 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Time for an aSS View Post
      Beat me to it, was about to post “how do I trust a list that puts Jersey at #4”.
      The only thing I can think of is "work in the city but don't pay city income tax" which...makes me wanna flip the bird even harder.

      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post

      All honesty, there are some really nice places in NJ once you get out of Newark, Trenton, Camden, or the Pine Barrens
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      09-23-2020 09:21 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Tornado2dr View Post
      We don't care about the 'study', we're here to talk smack on all the states that aren't the ones where we live.
      Exactly. These types of studies are always BS.
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