Lonely Planet Writer

New survey discovers that Utah is the happiest state in the USA

For anyone searching for happiness in the United States of America, the Midwest may be just the place for you! A new study has revealed a ranking of the happiest states in the country, taking into account factors like income, safety, life satisfaction and sleep rates.

The State of Utah came out on top of the ranking of happiest states in the USA.
The State of Utah came out on top of the ranking of happiest states in the USA. Image by Jared Smith / CC BY 2.0

Coming out on top of the overall rankings was Utah, with the results also showing that the state had the lowest rates of heart attacks and the highest levels of volunteerism. Also in the top ten was Minnesota, North Dakota, Hawaii, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and California in that order.

St Anthony Main, Minnesota.
St Anthony Main, Minnesota.
Eroded rock formations at Badlands National Park, North Dakota.
Eroded rock formations at Badlands National Park, North Dakota.

The study was done by finance website WalletHub, and compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia under the subjects of emotional and physical health, work environment and community life across 28 sub categories.

Source: WalletHub

The findings of the study suggested that money does contribute to happiness, but only up to a certain amount. Life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness was shown to increase as incomes rise to a maximum of $75,000 a year.

Waipio Valley in Hawaii.
Waipio Valley in Hawaii. Image by Paul Bica

Hawaii came out ahead as the state with the lowest depression rate, while North Dakota was shown to have the lowest long-term unemployment rate.