When someone says they want to go to their happy place……do you think they’re talking about Arizona? Not according to a new study just released by WalletHub on the happiest states in the nation. Our state checked in at number 21 – one spot happier than New York and one spot ‘unhappier’ than Illinois.
Happiness isn’t something so easily defined – it can mean different things for different people. But there are a series of factors that are associated with happiness – think good economic, emotional, physical and social health – that WalletHub has used to help shape its “2017’s Happiest States in America” report.
The company rated happiness in all 50 states according to three categories – emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community and environment. These categories were judged based on 28 ratings metrics. For example, emotional and physical well-being included factors like physical health index, share of adult depression and adequate-sleep rate.
Arizona’s scores were pretty much middle of the road in all three categories. Our state ranked:
- 22nd in emotional and physical well-being,
- 19th in work environment, and
- 27th in community and environment.
The only metric listed on the WalletHub website where Arizona finished in either the top 5 or bottom 5 was in income growth where we finished 49th.
So, who were the big winners (and the biggest loser)? GQ Magazine writes:
Anyway, the all-out winner is Minnesota, scoring highly in just about every category. Utah, that sand-filled haven of locked-in marriages comes in second, with Hawaii rounding out the top 3, just beating California to the punch. New York scores a middling 22, just about beating Montana. It’s hard to imagine that people who are happy in Montana would be slightly happier if they lived in New York (or vice versa), but we’ll have to go with Wallethub’s numbers.
Bringing up the rear is West Virginia, which you now have official permission to deem the most miserable state in the USA. West Virginia is ranked 49th in “emotional and physical wellbeing.” Roasted. 48th for “work environment.” Owned. And, lastly, a paltry 31st for “community and environment.” Savage.
Click on any state in the map below to check its ranking.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about this ‘happiest state’ report and whether you believe we should be ranked a little higher. Generating meaningful conversations around the health related stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!