Happiness is a state of mind, sure. But what about the actual state you live in? A new study ranked the happiest and least happy states in America by looking at three categories.

  • Health – Things like depression rates and how much sleep people get.
  • Lifestyle choices – Things like work-life balance and how many vacation days people take.
  • Prosperity – Things like household income and unemployment.

According to the results, people in the Midwest have the best chance at happiness. Six of the 10 happiest states are in the Midwest, and eight are west of the Mississippi River. The happiest states are:

  1. Minnesota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Colorado
  4. Utah
  5. North Dakota
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Nebraska
  8. Iowa
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Montana

The ten unhappiest states, according to the study, are Louisiana, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Nevada, and Georgia.

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