We Are Not Only Iowa Nice, But Also Iowa Happy According To Recent Study

When it comes to being happy, there are only 10 other states that can boast having happier residents than right here at home in Iowa. The Hawkeye State came into the rankings of a recent WalletHub study at number 11, due in large part to having the third lowest long-term unemployment rate and coming in fourth in two other categories—lowest long-term unemployment and most adequate sleep. The financial advising website compared the 50 states across three key factors: emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community and environment. The other really critical factors are good emotional, physical and social health. One of the more interesting aspects of their reported data is that they say money doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness. It only increases up to an annual income of $75,000 to $95,000. The Midwestern states of Minnesota and Nebraska ranked higher than Iowa at number three and nine respectively. The three states ranking as the unhappiest in WalletHub’s research included Alaska, Arkansas and West Virginia. A link to the full report can be found below.