Happiness comes from a mix of things: the people we connect with, pursuing our interests and values, and taking care of our well-being. It’s different for everyone, but finding happiness means finding what makes you feel content and joyful in life.
In recent times, achieving happiness has become a greater challenge for many people. According to the American Psychiatric Association, high inflation has led to stress for 75% of those experiencing price increases in their areas. Additionally, only 50% of Americans report high satisfaction with their personal lives. Using this information, WalletHub, the personal finance website, published a report on the happiest states in America.
To figure out where Americans are the happiest, WalletHub looked at all 50 states using 30 key indicators of happiness. These indicators include factors such as the depression rate, the percentage of adults who feel productive, income growth, and the unemployment rate, among others. They assessed each metric using a 100-point scale, where a score of 100 indicated the highest level of happiness. In the end, they calculated each state’s overall score by considering the weighted average across all metrics and used these scores to establish the ranking order for our sample.
Where New Jersey Ranks
New Jersey takes the fifth spot in the rankings. According to the study, New Jersey has the lowest suicide rate per 100,000 residents, standing at 7, 4.6 times less than Wyoming, with the highest rate at 32. Interestingly, the study revealed that New Jersey has one of the highest rates of long-term unemployment while maintaining one of the lowest divorce rates.
The Happiest State in America
According to this study, Utah is the happiest state in America. It leads with the highest volunteer rate at 40.70 percent and has the lowest separation and divorce rate at 15.46 percent. Meanwhile, in the second position, Hawaii claims the lowest percentage of adults experiencing depression at just 11.40 percent. Maryland came in third, followed by Minnesota and then New Jersey.
If you’re curious about how other states fared, take a look at the complete study here.