The 20 Most Content States In America May Surprise You

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We're not exactly a country known for being content. America's terrible economy over the last six years has made things pretty difficult for the average citizen. Not surprisingly, unemployment and other economic uncertainties are also impacting our physical and emotional health. In an effort to measure these impacts, The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index uses a variety of metrics — everything from smoking rates to income demographics — to analyze the "well-being" of people in all 50 states. In states where well-being was high, people were more likely to report exercising every day and being non-smokers. Where it was low, more residents were obese or suffered from chronic health problems. All of this contributed to their contentment raking.

According to their data, the healthiest and happiest among us aren't living in New York City or Los Angeles. If you're stuck out in one of the flyover states, you might be better off than you think. Check out our list of the top 20 most content states in the U.S. to see where yours ranks. 

#20: Kansas

Nickname: The Sunflower State

Last year’s rank: #17

#19: Arizona

Nickname: The Grand Canyon State

Last year’s rank: 23

#18: Maryland

Nickname: The Old Line State (or The Free State) 

Last year’s rank: #11

#17: California

Nickname: The Golden State

Last year’s rank: #18

#16: Alaska

Nickname: The Last Frontier

Last year’s rank: #31 

#15: Maine

Nickname: The Pine Tree State

Last year’s rank: #21

#14: Wisconsin

Nickname: The Badger State (or America’s Dairyland) 

Last year’s rank: #20

#13: Massachusetts

Nickname: The Bay State 

Last year’s rank: #10

#12: Utah

Nickname: The Beehive State

Last year’s rank: #4

#11: New Hampshire

Nickname: The Granite State

Last year’s rank: #8

#10: Iowa

Nickname: The Hawkeye State

Last year’s rank: #9 

#9: Washington

Nickname: The Evergreen State

Last year’s rank: #15

#8: Hawaii

Nickname: The Aloha State

Last year’s rank: #1 

#7: Colorado

Nickname: The Centennial State

Last year’s rank: #2

#6: Vermont

Nickname: The Green Mountain State

Last year’s rank: #5

#5: Montana

Nickname: The Treasure State 

Last year’s rank: #6

#4: Minnesota

Nickname: The North Star State 

Last year’s rank: #3

#3: Nebraska

Nickname: The Cornhusker State

Last year’s rank: #7

#2: South Dakota

Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State

Last year’s rank: #12

#1: North Dakota

Nickname: The Peace Garden State 

Last year’s rank: #19