Hawaii Is The Happiest State in America

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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):

  1. Hawaii: 71.0
  2. Wyoming: 69.2
  3. North Dakota: 68.4
  4. Alaska: 68.3
  5. Colorado: 68.0
  6. Minnesota: 68.0
  7. South Dakota: 68.0
  8. Utah: 67.9
  9. Connecticut: 67.9
  10. Nebraska: 67.8

Read it at LiveScience.

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