Skip to content

‘Top 20 Happiest States in America’ – Star Studded States, California & New York Make the List

The states that encompass the “LaLa Land” and the “City that Never Sleeps” are on the list of the ‘Top 20 Happiest States in America!

So, what really determines a happy state?

The 2018 Best States to Live In

WalletHub compared the states across America in 31 key indicators of happiness.

These indicators ranged from emotional health to income and activity levels.

Happiest States in America 2018
Happiest States in America 2018 | WalletHub


Check out the list below to see if your state ranks!

Happiest States in America
1 Hawaii 11 Wisconsin
2 Utah 12 Connecticut
3 Minnesota 13 New Jersey
4 North Dakota 14 New York
5 California 15 Virginia
6 Idaho 16 Massachusetts
7 Maryland 17 Washington
8 Iowa 18 Colorado
9 South Dakota 19 Georgia
10 Nebraska 20 North Carolina


Best vs. Worst

  • New York has the lowest share of adult depression, 11.70 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Oregon, which has the highest at 25.54 percent.
  • North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate, 13.1 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which has the highest at 44.9 percent.
  • Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 39.29 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, where the rate is the lowest at 18.31 percent.
  • Utah has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 16.18 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, which has the highest at 26.57 percent.

Check out this awesome infographic breaking down why these states are so good and bad to live in:

2018 Best and Worst States to Live In
2018 Best and Worst States to Live In – Infographic | WalletHub


Worst State to Live In 2018

Are you curious what ranked #50 on the list?

West Virginia made the overall lowest score according to WalletHub.

Did your state make the list?  Get the full list and all details at WalletHub.