By: Caitlin Hendee
Digital Producer / Social Engagement Manager-
Denver Business Journal
The smiles don’t stop in Colorado.
People in the Centennial State are happier than almost the entire rest of the country, with Colorado coming in fourth out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
That’s according to WalletHub 2014 Most and Least Happy States in America study released Tuesday, which ranked states based on:
Emotional and physical health.
Community, environment and recreational activities.
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The study ranked states based on 26 metrics that traditionally are considered factors of happiness, including the satisfaction index, physical health index, adequate sleep, emotional health index, income growth and more. WalletHub also drew on additional academic reports to compile its ranking.
Colorado ranked high — No. 2 — for emotional and physical well-being. It also eked in the top 10 for both work — No. 9 — and community, environment and recreational activities — at No. 10.
The ranking also pointed out Colorado’s low obesity rate, low prevalence of inadequate sleep and high sports participation rate.
Rounding out the bottom are:
Mississippi, which has a high percentage of obese people and low sports participation rate.
Alabama, which had the worst hedonometer score.
West Virginia, which has a high prevalence of inadequate and lowest sports participation rate.