These Are the Happiest States in the U.S.

Living in one of these places may make you more likely to find happiness in your life.

While the coronavirus pandemic has likely made it even more difficult to find happiness in your life right now than usual, there are certain factors that improve your chances. Take where you live, for example. Just like it can influence your physical health, the state where you reside can also have an impact on your mental health, particularly when it comes to your ability to find happiness. That's why financial services website WalletHub analyzed data to determine the happiest states in America.

However, happiness is not solely dependent on financial wealth. In fact, Money reported in 2018 that a scientific analysis of a Gallup World Poll revealed that happiness tends only to increase with wealth up to an income range between $75,000 and $95,000 a year. Therefore, in order to rank the happiest states in the U.S., WalletHub evaluated 31 metrics—from social well-being to unemployment rates—across three main categories: emotional and physical well-being; work environment; and community and environment. (Visit WalletHub to learn more about the methodology behind the scoring system.) Based on the weighted value of those metrics, each state was given a total score for overall level of happiness. With that, here are the 10 happiest states in the U.S. And to see who landed on the other end of the spectrum, check out These Are the Saddest States in the U.S.


Hartford Connecticut

Total score: 57.93

Emotional and physical well-being: 6

Work environment: 34

Community and environment: 33

And to see where your place of residence measures up in terms of physical well-being, check out Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest.


Downtown Omaha skyline with the Gene Leahy Mall in the foreground

Total score: 59.04

Emotional and physical well-being: 9

Work environment: 14

Community and environment: 18


church street in frederick maryland, most common street names

Total score: 59.53

Emotional and physical well-being: 5

Work environment: 40

Community and environment: 14

And to see what the life expectancy is where you live, check out Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.


Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.

Total score: 60.50

Emotional and physical well-being: 8

Work environment: 3

Community and environment: 43


boise idaho

Total score: 60.51

Emotional and physical well-being: 33

Work environment: 2

Community and environment: 1

And for all the ways you are hindering your happiness, check out 26 Things You're Doing That Are Hurting Your Mental Health.

New Jersey

People bike and walk in front of traditional villas in Cape May, New Jersey, USA, on a sunny summer day.

Total score: 60.54

Emotional and physical well-being: 2

Work environment: 45

Community and environment: 24


lombard street in san francisco california

Total score: 64.11

Emotional and physical well-being: 4

Work environment: 12

Community and environment: 16


downtown minneapolis skyline

Total score: 65.57

Emotional and physical well-being: 3

Work environment: 6

Community and environment: 15


salt lake city utah from above

Total score: 65.93

Emotional and physical well-being: 15

Work environment: 1

Community and environment: 2


The skyline of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii on a sunny day

Total score: 66.48

Emotional and physical well-being: 1

Work environment: 25

Community and environment: 12

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