The Two Happiest States are on the Coast!
Two coastal states have been ranked the happiest in the country. Did your state make the top 10?
Originally published by Travel + Leisure.
For the sixth time, Hawaii was named the happiest state in the country, according to a Gallup poll.
Alaska was ranked the second-happiest state in the country for the third consecutive year, and Colorado was ranked in the top 10 happiest states for the ninth year in a row—the only other state besides Hawaii to do so.
West Virginia and Kentucky, for the eighth year in a row, were named the two unhappiest states.
The data is based on interviews with 177,000 adults across the country, wherein they were asked questions about their lifestyles. Gallup then determined a “well-being score” based on respondents’ views on their social lives, finances, community, motivation, and physicality.
Happiness around the country tends to follow a regional pattern: States with more access to nature generally tended to be happier in Gallup’s poll.
The happiest states are those outside of the continental U.S. Next happiest are states in the Northern Plains and the Mountain West. The states with the lowest well-being scores are in the South and industrial Midwest. For the complete list, head over to Gallup, or scroll on for the happiest 10 states:
3. South Dakota
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To see the least happy states, visit Travel + Leisure’s full list.
Images: Getty Images (5 – Hawaii, Alaska, Maine, Vermont, Arizona); Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images (1 – South Dakota); Getty Images/iStockphoto (1 – Colorado); Getty Images/Gallo Images (1 – Montana); Getty Images/First Light (1 – Minnesota); Getty Images/Robert Harding World Imagery (1 – Texas)