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Hawaii Named Happiest State in the US

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Hawaii was the country’s happiest state  in 2010.

This according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which takes into account emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, and job satisfaction.

While one might guess that Hawaii’s stellar climate has something to do with its residents’ contentment, the rest of the top five happiest states were rounded out by Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska and Colorado — each far from being a tropical paradise.

On the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia was deemed the most miserable state, followed by Kentucky and Mississippi.  Idaho meets near the middle but closer to the “happy” end at #21.  Read on for the complete list.

1.     Hawaii: 71.0

2.     Wyoming: 69.2

3.     North Dakota: 68.4

4.     Alaska: 68.3

5.     Colorado: 68.0

6.     Minnesota: 68.0

7.     South Dakota: 68.0

8.     Utah: 67.9

9.     Connecticut: 67.9

10.  Nebraska: 67.8

11.  Massachusetts: 67.8

12.  Nebraska: 67.8

13.  Maryland: 67.5

14.  Washington: 67.5

15.  Montana: 67.3

16.  Kansas: 67.2

17.  New Hampshire: 67.2

18.  Vermont: 67.1

19.  California: 67.0

20.  Iowa: 66.9

21.  Idaho: 66.9

22.  New Mexico: 66.7

23.  Virginia: 66.7

24.  Wisconsin: 66.7

25.  New Jersey: 66.6

26.  Maine: 66.4

27.  Illinois: 66.3

28.  Oregon: 66.3

29.  Texas: 66.3

30.  Arizona: 66.2

31.  Pennsylvania: 66.1

32.  Georgia: 66.1

33.  New York: 65.9

34.  Rhode Island: 65.7

35.  Missouri: 65.6

36.  South Carolina: 65.3

37.  North Carolina: 65.1

38.  Florida: 65.1

39.  Oklahoma: 64.9

40.  Indiana: 64.8

41.  Tennessee: 64.8

42.  Michigan: 64.6

43.  Louisiana: 64.3

44.  Delaware: 64.2

45.  Nevada: 64.2

46.  Ohio: 63.8

47.  Alabama: 63.7

48.  Arkansas: 63.7

49.  Mississippi: 63.0

50.  Kentucky: 61.9

51.  West Virginia: 61.7

Scores based on 100.

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