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Happiest States, 2011

The following table lists the happiest states in 2011—Hawaii came in first. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey included questions about job satisfaction, healthy behaviors, physical health, emotional health, and other aspects of everyday life.

Rank State
1.Hawaii
2.North Dakota
3.Alaska
4.Nebraska
5.Minnesota
6.Colorado
7.Utah
8.New Hampshire
9.Iowa
10.Kansas
11.Vermont
12.Maryland
13.Massachusetts
14.South Dakota
15.Virginia
16.California
17.Washington
18.Oregon
19.Montana
20.Connecticut
21.Arizona
22.New Mexico
23.Idaho
24.Wisconsin
25.Maine
26.Texas
27.New Jersey
28.Wyoming
29.North Carolina
30.Rhode Island
31.Illinois
32.Georgia
33.Delaware
34.Nevada
35.Pennsylvania
36.Michigan
37.South Carolina
38.Florida
39.New York
40.Missouri
41.Alabama
42.Indiana
43.Arkansas
44.Oklahoma
45.Tennessee
46.Louisiana
47. Ohio
48. Mississippi
49. Kentucky
50. West Virginia
Source: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.