The Happiest US State

Every year there is a survey done to determine the happiest state in the US and this year, yet again, the honor goes to Hawaii. This land of beautiful beaches, mountains and lots of greenery once again tops every other state in the nation according to the latest Gallup-Healthways 2016 State Well-Being. This exotic island has maintained the #1 position for six of nine years since this survey began. Another survey also placed Aloha state at the number one position.

As to why Hawaii is the happiest state? This is because of their lifestyle. Experts say that the people who live here tend to take good care of themselves, do things that are right and are also very focused on physical activity. It also helps that the state has beautiful weather all year, gorgeous beaches, and is one of the most scenic places on the planet.

This present report measured how Americans felt about their finances, physical health, community, social connection, and sense of purpose. Hawaii residents claimed that the low stress and decreased obesity rates were the key reasons for their happiness. The survey also reported that Hawaiians are physically active, eat a lot of vegetables and fruits, and generally feel that their islands are a lot safer than the rest of the USA. Hawaiians also tend to save their money and appear to have enough money for whatever they need.

Other states within the top five after Hawaii include Alaska, South Dakota, Maine, and Colorado. Both Colorado and Hawaii have been in the top ten rankings ever since the survey was initiated. South Dakota, despite being freezing cold temperatures, has consistently been listed in the top 12 every year.

One of the reasons why South Dakotans are happy is because of low taxes; they are also very physically active, have a sense of belonging to their community, and there are plenty of jobs in the region.

The most unhappy state is West Virginia, for the 8th year in a row. The state has one of the highest obesity rates and one of the highest number of smokers. Data from hospitals indicate that West Virginians also tend to be frequently sick and have chronic disorders like diabetes and hypertension. Worse, West Virginians also come last when it comes to saving money and doing well financially.