The Happiest & Unhappiest States in America

Illinois isn't even close to what we expected

September 19, 2018
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Although it's an American right to have the pursuit of happiness, the feeling ever seems like an elusive one. Science is trying to change that... or at least define it better. A recent study looked at factors the team believed made up the foundation to happiness (based off of previous studies) including:  emotional & physical health, work environment and community environment.

Surprisingly Illinois wasn't at either of the polar ends, sitting solidly in the middle at 23. So what are the happiest and unhappiest states?

HAPPIEST

1. Hawaii

2. Utah

3. Minnesota

4. North Dakota

5. California

 

UNHAPPIEST

46. Oklahoma

47. Alaska

48. Louisiana

49. Arkansas

50. West Virginia

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