Iowa is One of the Happiest States in America!
If you're happy and you know it, you might live in Iowa!
WalletHub just put out their list of '2019’s Happiest States in America,' and Iowa just missed the top 10. Out of all 50 states, we were ranked number 11. So, how exactly did they figure out which states were the happiest? The article says:
"In this study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life."
31 different categories were used in the final rankings, but they were sorted into three overall categories:
- Emotional & Physical Well-Being
- Work Environment
- Community & Environment
Iowa was 16th for 'Emotional & Physical Well-Being,' and 10th in both 'Work Environment' and 'Community & Environment.'
We did really well in a few of the sub-categories! Iowa came in 4th for 'Highest Adequate Sleep Rate,' 3rd for 'Lowest Long-Term Unemployment Rate,' and 4th for 'Highest Volunteer Rate.'
The happiest states in the U.S. are Hawaii, Utah, and Minnesota. The unhappiest are West Virginia, Arkansas, and Alaska.
Read more from the study HERE!