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Stan Kaho was dribbling and kicking his soccer ball in Kapiolani Park. Hawaii is the happiest state in the nation, according to a ranking published by WalletHub today.
Hawaii is the happiest state in the nation, according to a ranking published by WalletHub today.
In addition to a low percentage of depressed adults and a low suicide rate compared to other states, Hawaii held a high status in terms of emotional and physical health.
WalletHub, a personal finance website, said it compared 31 key indicators of happiness in each of the 50 states, including depression rates, income growth, and participation in sports. Various dimensions were considered, including emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community.
Hawaii did not do as well for income and commute time, ranking # 1 despite being the state with the lowest decent sleep rate.
Utah was ranked No. 2 on the list of “Happiest States in the United States,” followed by Minnesota at No. 3, North Dakota at No. 4, and California at No. 5. The least fortunate states were Oklahoma (No. 46). , Alaska (No. 47), Louisiana (No. 48), Arkansas (No. 49), and West Virginia (No. 50).
The data for the study was obtained from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United Health Foundation, and the Administration on Substance Abuse and Mental Health, among others.
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