If you want to be happy, here's why living in NH could be right for you
If you've ever wondered which states are better than others when it comes to happiness, wonder no more. A new study from WalletHub shows 2017’s Happiest States in America, and New Hampshire made the top ranks.
According to the study, New Hampshire is the 10th happiest state in the country, making it the highest-ranked state in New England.
The top three happiest states are Minnesota, Utah, and Hawaii. Taking up the last three spots are Louisiana, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
The study also provided several interesting sub-lists such as lowest and highest share of adult depression, adequate sleep rate, work hours and suicide rate. For a complete list, follow this link here.
New Hampshire made the Top 5 sub-list, along with three other New England states, for safest states in the country.
In order to conduct this study, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states on three key dimensions: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment. They then evaluated those dimensions using 28 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing maximum happiness. Finally, they weighted the average to get the total score and rank the states. WalletHub's complete methodology is available on their website.
For the three key dimensions, New Hampshire ranked No. 18 for emotional and physical well-being, No. 22 for work environment, and No. 2 for community and environment.