02.17.2018

Hawaii's Been Knocked Out of the Top Spot. This Is the New Happiest State.

Hawaii's Been Knocked Out of the Top Spot. This Is the New Happiest State. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii is no longer the happiest state in the United States, according to the 2017 results of Gallup and Sharecare’s annual Well-Being Index.

Every year, Gallup conducts thousands of telephone interviews with people across the U.S. to rank the happiness and wellness levels of each state's residents based on purpose, social, financial, community, and physical well-being categories. After analyzing 160,498 polls from 2017, Gallup and Sharecare announced the results from their extensive study this week.

Vermont and South Dakota tied for the nation's happiest state, with a national Well-Being Index score of 64.1 out of 100. Whereas South Dakota scored highest in purpose well-being, Vermont scored highest in social.

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