Nevada does well in new survey ranking "happiest states"

Highest unemployment rate in nation not hurting state's overall mood

Mitch Kelly
September 24, 2020 - 7:06 am
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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Nevada may have the highest unemplyment rate in the country, having been devastated by travel restrictions and closures brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, but a new study says we're remarkably upbeat about it.

A new study from the financial website WalletHub looked at which states are currently the happiest. If you can believe it, Nevada does quite well considering the current circumstances, ranking 19th overall.

In the study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which 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.

To determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors, WalletHub examined all 50 states across 32 key metrics, ranging from the depression rate and the positive COVID-19 testing rate to income growth and the unemployment rate. 

Helping Nevada's overall score was a #5 ranking in the "Community and Environment" category. Hurting us was a last place ranking in the "Divorce Rate" category (we seem to own that) and a third from the bottom score in "Volunteer Rate"

Surprisingly, in spite of having the most restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hawaii was found to be the happiest state overall in the survey, followed by Utah, Minnesota, New Jersey and Maryland.

At the bottom of the list were Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and - the most unhappy state in the Union- 

West Virginia.

For a look at the full WalletHub study, click here.