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Is Illinois One of the Happiest States in America?

When it comes to the happiest state in America, Illinois is smack dab in the middle. One factor is really dragging us down…

WalletHub, a personal finance website, has ranked each state by, well, happiness. Their basic goal: to find out if money can truly buy happiness.

A lot of research indicates that money is a big factor when it comes to happiness. But it isn’t the only factor.

“But income isn’t the only determinant of personal happiness,” Richie Bernardo at WalletHub wrote. “Apart from financial security, a pleasant state of being also depends on other factors, such as one’s physical health, personal purpose and social connectivity.”

WalletHub created a list of the Happiest States in America by dividing these factors into three categories: “Emotional and physical well-being,” “work environment,” and “community and environment.”

Overall, Illinois ranked smack dab in the middle. Overall is number twenty five on the list.

Illinois came in at 26 and 23 in “Emotional and physical well-being” and “community and environment,” respectively. That state was dragged down by “work environment” though, ranking 41 in that category.

Overall, the happiest state was Utah. Minnesota and North Dakota were the runner ups.

See the full list HERE!

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