Excuse us as we pack up all of our things and purchase a one-way ticket to Utah.
A new study from the personal finance website WalletHub set out to find the happiest states in the country across 28 metrics, from emotional health and income level to sports participation rate. And the happiest state in America was … Utah, followed by Minnesota in second, North Dakota in third, Hawaii in fourth and Colorado in fifth.
As the intro to the study notes, “Income isn’t the only determinant of personal happiness. Apart from financial security, a pleasant state of being also depends on other factors, such as one’s physical health, personal purpose and social connectivity.” Utah excelled in three categories in particular – the state has the lowest rate of heart attacks, at just 2.7 percent, as well as the highest volunteerism rate, at 45.2 percent. Utah also has the lowest divorce rate in the country, at 15.97 percent. (To put that in perspective, the highest divorce rate is in Washington D.C., at 31 percent.)
The unhappiest state was named West Virginia, which was found to have the third-highest depression rate, third-highest obesity rate and first-lowest volunteerism rate in the country.
To see where your state ranked – or to plan your next cross-country move – check out the full list.