It comes as no surprise to any of us here, but the numbers have been crunched and the results are out; Minnesota is among the happiest places in America.

The team at WalletHub looked at thirty-two metrics across all fifty states, and determined that only Hawaiians and Utahans are happier than Minnesotans in 2020. Now while that might all be a bit relative during a pandemic, it still beats being at the other end of the list.

Minnesota scored high for overall safety, divorce rates (low), volunteerism (high) -- and Minnesotan's get the most adequate sleep in the country.

Ten Happiest States in America for 2020

  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Jersey
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Idaho
  10. Connecticut
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Source: WalletHub

All of our neighbors are pretty happy campers too, with North Dakota coming in at #7, Iowa one spot back at #8, South Dakota at #12, and the relative grumps in Wisconsin at #18.

Of course, whenever we're listing the 'best of' anything, we also need to take a peek at the bottom of the list.

Five Least Happy States for 2020

  • #46 - Kentucky
  • #47 - Louisiana
  • #48 - Oklahoma
  • #49 - Arkansas
  • #50 - West Virginia

Hawaii has the ocean. Utah has the mountains. Minnesota has the lakes. So what's New Jersey so happy about?

Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.

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