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Study: West Virginia is the Least Happy State

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - WalletHub released a new survey ranking the happiness of the 50 states.

They ranked the states based on Emotional & Physical Well-Being, Work Environment, and Community & Environment.

Here's how West Virginia ranked in each category:

  • Emotional and Physical Well-Being: 49/50
  • Work Environment: 48/50
  • Community Environment and Recreational Activities: 31/50

West Virginia also ranked in the top five highest depression rates.

Top 5 Happiest States

  1. Minnesota
  2. Utah
  3. Hawaii
  4. California
  5. Nebraska

Bottom 5 Least Happy States

  1. West Virginia
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Louisiana
  4. Alabama  
  5. Arkansas

Kentucky ranked 44th in happiness and Ohio ranked 36th.

WalletHub found that life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness, increases as income rises, but it does not increase once people make $75,000. Making more money than that makes little difference in a person’s overall contentment with life.

You can see the full results of the study here.

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