A state of unhappiness

Minnesota State Capitol Forum News Service file

The Garden State came in sixth in a new ranking from financial website WalletHub.

Minnesota pulled in at number one with a total score of 70.81.

The "happiest" state in the country is Minnesota, followed by Utah and Hawaii. Hawaii came in third with the lowest share of adult depression at 11.7%, which is 2.3 times lower than in OR, which has the highest at 27% percent. To determine these factors, analysts examined all 50 states across 28 key metrics ranging from depression rates to sports participation rates to income growth.

On the other end, the unhappiest states were Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

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In the work environment category, job security and number of work hours were the largest determinantes, weighing in at 5.77 points each.

CT also fared well in at least one key metric, with the fifth-lowest suicide rate in the country.

The study also doesn't appear to list its authors, another question Wallethub didn't respond to by press time.



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