Where to find the happiest people in the US

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Home & Garden
The leading sunflower producer in the US is also home to the happiest people in the country. ©ittipon/shutterstock.com

The leading sunflower producer in the US is also home to the happiest people in the country.

(Relaxnews) – Is it just coincidence that the happiest state in the US is the leading producer of sunflowers in the country? And is home to an International Peace Garden located on the US and Canadian border? Perhaps not.

According to the latest edition of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released this week, residents of North Dakota are the happiest and most well-adjusted Americans in the country.

After conducting more than 178,000 interviews between January to December 2013, evaluating everything from emotional health, work environment, physical health, social life and access to necessities like food, shelter and healthcare, analysts came up with a ranking of the happiest states in the US.

A look at the top 10 list also shows that odds of being happy are higher for those living in the Midwestern US: after North Dakota comes South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.

At the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, lies West Virginia, which comes in last.

Here are the top 10 states on the well-being index:

1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
3. Nebraska
4. Minnesota
5. Montana
6. Vermont
7. Colorado
8. Hawaii
9. Washington
10. Iowa


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