Shout out to New Jersey!
A new study just came out from WalletHub , who looked at the 50 states across 30 key metrics -- from the depression rate to the feeling of productivity to income and unemployment -- to determine which state is the happiest and least happiest of 2023.
Utah ranks as the happiest state in the U.S.
Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and New Jersey round out the rest of the top five. (NJ = #5 on the list!)
West Virginia ranks as the least happiest state in the country.
via NBC New York:
New Jersey's overall ranking is due in part to how well it performed in three different categories: emotional and physical well-being (No. 3), work environment (No. 14) and community and environment (No. 29).
New Jersey also performed well in specific key metrics, which contributed to its overall ranking. The Garden State came in as having the lowest suicide rate in the country and the third lowest divorce rate. However, it did not fare well when it comes to long-term unemployment having one of the highest in the country.