When it comes to being happy, Montanans are apparently only middling so. At least that is the report of Wallet Hub, which recently released a survey about which states are the happiest. Montana was ranked as only 28th happiest, while a number of our neighbors are apparently quite happy. North Dakota and South Dakota were ranked as 4th and 9th happiest and Idaho is 6th happiest. Wyoming however was ranked less happy than Montana even, coming in at 35th.
The happiest state is Hawaii and the least happy is West Virginia.
The assessment of happiness was based upon 31 metrics, including three basic factors 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Work Environment and 3) Community & Environment. Health, childhood experiences, incidents of maltreated adults, sleep rate, alcohol use, employment, finances, sports participation, suicide rate, divorce rate, volunteerism, and food security are some of the factors measured.
Wallet Hub said that “One thing that doesn’t drive happiness is money. Happiness only increases with wealth up to an annual income of $75,000. But one thing that can have a big influence on how we feel about life is where we choose to live.
“…environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life.”