Living in Utah? Then you must be one happy son of a gun

First Published      Last Updated Oct 03 2014 02:36 pm


We all know Utah is home to the Happy Valley, but according to a new study by consumer information site Wallet Hub, the entire state could go by that moniker.

Based on 26 metrics that fell under three broader categories — emotional and physical well-being, work and community, environment and recreational activities —Utah ranked the happiest state in the Union. West Virginia came in last.

"Apart from financial security, a pleasant state of being also depends on one's mental and physical health, job situation, experience of positive feelings, environment, social connections and general outlook on life," wrote Richie Bernardo, a financial writer for Wallet Hub.

Here are some of Utah's rankings. For a complete list of the rankings, click here.

Happiness in Utah (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

Satisfaction Index • 3rd

Hedonometer Score • 4th

Physical Health Index • 4th

Life Expectancy • 10th

Income Level • 1st

Work Hours • 1st

Commute Time • 10th

Income Growth Rate • 12th

Divorce Rate • 1st

—Sheena McFarland


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