Hawaii Is The Happiest State in America03/08/2011
It looks like the old mantra, "Lucky We Live Hawaii," rings true in at least one official context.
Hawaii is the happiest state in the nation, scoring well in a new national well-being and happiness survey by Gallup. And the happiest person in America? None other than Honolulu's own Alvin Wong, according to the New York Times, which asked Gallup for a composite of the happiest person.
As it turns out, Gallup sent the newspaper after a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.
Indeed, Wong fits all the categories: he's a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese-American, Kosher-observing Jew, who’s married with children and lives in Honolulu. He runs his own health care management business and earns more than $120,000 a year.
Gallup's 2010 telephone survey polled a random sample of 352,840 adults ages 18 and older living in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Hawaii scored particularly well on these three well-being categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health.
The top 10 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):
- Hawaii: 71.0
- Wyoming: 69.2
- North Dakota: 68.4
- Alaska: 68.3
- Colorado: 68.0
- Minnesota: 68.0
- South Dakota: 68.0
- Utah: 67.9
- Connecticut: 67.9
- Nebraska: 67.8
Read it at LiveScience.