A new study conducted by 24/7 Wall Street finds the happiest states in the country. They used a variety of data contained in a Gallup poll to determine the happiest as well as the most miserable states in the country. The data looks at factors including "sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, relationship to community, and physical health."
Minnesota had the 5th highest score for the category of "residents who like what they do every day" at 77.9 percent, while the poverty rate of 9.9 percent is the 6th lowest in the country and our violent crime rate in the state is the 9th lowest.
Minnesota came in 4th overall as the happiest state, South Dakota came 1st in the study.
24/7 Wall Street also determines the least happy states too with the most miserable state being West Virginia. North Dakota rounds out the top 5. Other Midwest states didn't fare so well though however, Iowa ranks 21st, Wisconsin 27th, Michigan 32nd.