Smile! N.D. is the 4th happiest state in the nation

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North Dakota is the nation’s 4th happiest state – so says personal finance site WalletHub.

And just how do they measure happiness?

Using 31 key metrics such as income growth opportunities, unemployment rate, volunteerism, We’re tops in things like income growth opportunities, low unemployment rate, volunteerism, divorce rate, depression numbers and more.

WalletHub, in general, looked at which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Past studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life.

So, how did North Dakota make it into the #4 spot?

  • A high percentage of residents have adequate sleep rates (5th in the nation)
  • Low long-term unemployment rate (1st)
  • High income growth (1st)
  • Low divorce rate (#2)
  • Volunteerism (6th)

Minnesota is just a little happier than us, coming in at the #3 spot, while South Dakota ranks #9 and Montana rolls in at #28.

The happiest state, according to WalletHub? Hawaii.

You can read the full survey report and its methodology here.

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