The State of Happiness

A new study ranks the U.S. states by residents' happiness. From Louisiana (#1) to New York (#51), the happiest people tend to live in sunny, outdoorsy states with strong quality of life measures.
February 9, 2010, 7am PST | Rebecca Sanborn Stone
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Joining Louisiana among the happiest states are Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. Researchers compared two data sets to find the happiest Americans: a survey of reported feelings of happiness and objective measures like crime rates, climate, availability of open space, and local taxes.

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Published on Friday, December 18, 2009 in USA Today
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