West Virginia Ranks Last in Happiness


WalletHub released a new survey ranking the happiness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

They ranked the states based on Emotional & Physical Well-Being, Work Environment, and Community & Environment.

Here’s how West Virginia ranked in each category:

  • Emotional and Physical Well-Being: 51/51
  • Work Environment: 48/51
  • Community Environment and Recreational Activities: 28/51

West Virginia also ranked in the top five highest depression rates, the top 5 highest obesity rates, top 5 highest income growth, and top five lowest volunteerism rate.

Top 5 Happiest States

  1. Utah
  2. Minnesota
  3. North Dakota
  4. Hawaii
  5. Colorado

Bottom 5 Least Happy States

  1. West Virginia
  2. Alabama
  3. Kentucky
  4. Mississippi
  5. Arkansas

WalletHub found that life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness, increases as income rises, but it does not increase once people make $75,000. Making more money than that makes little difference in a person’s overall contentment with life.

You can see the full results of the study here.

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