States ranked from happiest to least cheerful

December 17, 2009 1:07:05 PM PST
A new study found that people who report more satisfaction with their lives live in states that score well on things like good schools, low crime and short commuting time, perhaps a first objective look at why some states are happier than others. The state-by-state list, from happiest to least cheery:
  1. Louisiana
  2. Hawaii
  3. Florida
  4. Tennessee
  5. Arizona
  6. South Carolina
  7. Mississippi
  8. Montana
  9. Alabama
  10. Maine
  11. Wyoming
  12. Alaska
  13. North Carolina
  14. South Dakota
  15. Texas
  16. Idaho
  17. Vermont
  18. Arkansas
  19. Georgia
  20. Utah
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Delaware
  23. Colorado
  24. New Mexico
  25. North Dakota
  26. Minnesota
  27. Virginia
  28. New Hampshire
  29. Wisconsin
  30. Oregon
  31. Iowa
  32. Kansas
  33. Nebraska
  34. West Virginia
  35. Kentucky
  36. Washington
  37. District of Columbia
  38. Missouri
  39. Nevada
  40. Maryland
  41. Pennsylvania
  42. Rhode Island
  43. Ohio
  44. Massachusetts
  45. Illinois
  46. California
  47. New Jersey
  48. Indiana
  49. Michigan
  50. Connecticut
  51. New York

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