Hawaii has taken the title of the happiest U.S. state for the sixth time in 9 years, according to a travel study tracking well-being across the U.S.
The study, which has been conducted by Gallup and Healthways since 2008, looks at well-being across the U.S. The results are based on interviews conducted with over 177,000 participants across the country and gives each state a score from 0 – 100 on the Well-Being Index.
For the sixth time since the study began, Hawaii has come in first place with a score of 65.2. On the other end of the scale, West Virginia has taken last place for the eighth year running with a score of 58.9.
The top 5 states for well-being are:
- Hawaii – 65.2
- Alaska – 64
- South Dakota – 63.7
- Maine – 63.6
- Colorado – 63.5
Colorado joins Hawaii as one of the only two states to have maintained a place in the top 10 in the 9 years since the study began.