(StudyFinds) (NEW YORK) — Denmark is the world’s happiest country… and Minnesota is America’s happiest state? The Land of 10,000 Lakes may lack the glitzy allure of a New York or Los Angeles, but it beats out the rest of the nation when it comes to overall life satisfaction, a new study finds.
Researchers at Magnify Money, a personal finance site, recently sought to measure the happiness levels of all 50 states, using 20 wellness factors as proxies. These factors, derived from a recent Oxford University study, were based on health, lifestyle, and prosperity markers, allowing the researchers to assign each state a “wellness” score out of 100.
Using this scale, Minnesota scored the highest (73.3), with South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, and North Dakota rounding out the top five. The least happy states were Louisiana, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi, respectively, each scoring below 34.
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