|Let's see...well shit!|
After a massive poll spanning from January to December last year, each U.S. state was given an index score between 0 and 100 representing the general well-being of the state's population. The score is based on five different metrics including a resident's sense of purpose, their social lives, their financial security, their feeling of community, and their physical health. All things that are important when it comes to maintaining your happiness. Here is how the top five states scored (with 0 representing the lowest possible well-being and 100 representing the highest possible well-being):
- Alaska: 64.75
- Hawaii: 64.5
- South Dakota: 64.3
- Wyoming: 63.9
- Montana: 63.7
I mean it is clear that Alaska and Hawaii are awesome, but what do you have up your sleeve South Dakota? Getting paid off all that natural gas money? And Wyoming?! Until now, my only ideas about Wyoming sided with this guy.
Apparently it's nice to be outside the contiguous United States. The bottom five from best to worst are Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and lastly, West Virginia. Of course, all of this information should be taken with a grain of salt. Just because you live in a state with a low index score doesn't mean you're unhappy. But if you are feeling a little down and out, a change of scenery to one of the top states might help. No poll, no matter how big, can capture an individual's experience in certain places, but there must be a reason why so many people are happy in these places. For more information and the rest of the scores, check out the link below.
That's it. I am moving to Alaska.