Congratulations, Minnesotans, you are the fourth most content people in America, according to a new special report by 24/7 Wall St.
There's some rigorous science behind how they determined where people are happiest, though it apparently didn't include the basic question, "How's the weather?" We scored particularly well in salary and education.
"Minnesota's median income of $58,906 in 2012 was one of the highest in the USA," the report says. "Also, 92.5% of adults 25 and over had a high school diploma -- among the best in the nation."
In order to determine its rankings, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 50 metrics across the six categories used to measure well-being in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index -- a survey of 176,000 across all 50 states.
Here is what the report
had to say about how happy we are:
• Well-being index score: 69.7
• Life expectancy: 81.1 years (2nd highest)
• Percentage obese: 22.0% (4th lowest)
• Median household income: $58,906 (9th highest)
• Percentage with high school diploma: 92.5% (2nd highest)
Minnesotans reported exceptional physical health in 2013. More than 81% of respondents were able to partake in age-appropriate activities, tied for the highest percentage in the USA. Residents were also among the least likely Americans to report being obese. No state had fewer heart disease-related deaths per 100,000 residents than Minnesota in 2010. People surveyed in the state were also exceptionally likely to report having basic access to critical necessities, including medicine, and fruits and vegetables. Residents were also among the most likely Americans to report they had adequate money for food, shelter and health care. Minnesota's median income of $58,906 in 2012 was one of the highest in the USA. Also, 92.5% of adults 25 and over had a high school diploma -- among the best in the nation. The state's economy, too, grew at a rapid 3.5% clip in 2012, greatly outpacing the nation as a whole.
Way to go, Minnesotans! Now get out there and enjoy the subzero day!