Minnesota is the 4th most content state in America

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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:

4. Minnesota
• 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!

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31 comments
Septa Penta
Septa Penta

I love everything about MN except for the 6 months of winter... which is why it won't be my home for much longer.

Karen Meyer
Karen Meyer

Despite the cold and snow this year, I would say Minnesota has it all; City life, professional sports, lakes, beaches, forestry, clean air and of course you can't forget Minnesota nice!

Selena Cripps
Selena Cripps

My hubby , son and I moved here this past summer and couldn't be happier! Michigan is home at heart but the people and place we live are great. everyone is so nice here and willing to give a hand.

Nats Babel
Nats Babel

I moved to SoCal 2 1/2 years ago and cant believe how much better life is here. I grew up in MN , but you could not play me a Million dollars to ever live in that Icebox/ Swamp mosquito ridden cesspool ever again .

Adriana Lucia
Adriana Lucia

Are we reading the same article? Mine also says #4 is UT?!

earthtopus
earthtopus

@lawremipsum far be it from to be question that article/the study, but North Dakota jumped 18 places to #1...since last year?

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Thank you. 100%. "MN Nice" is a myth.

Sheku Sheriff
Sheku Sheriff

Great place to live. You don't age too, you are frozen stiff.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

I thought that was last winter... you know, the one that lasted til May? Crap. Now I jinxed us.

barbertj23
barbertj23

This is great and all, but in visiting other states on business vacation etc... we have a LOT of fat people here. Its just unreal to be listed 4th lowest in obesity.

...Is it just that I'm visiting the coasts? I don't really visit say... North or South Dakota, they might just be mega fat there.

Stephanie Schultz
Stephanie Schultz

Click on the WSJ link and it doesn't list Minnesota in top 10.

Jason Swan
Jason Swan

Even if we were unhappy, we're far too passive aggressive to actually do anything about it.

TomEvenstad
TomEvenstad

@citypages Yes. OUR Inner City embroiled in RASCIST Political VIOLENCE WHITE ALCOHOL PILL POPPING MN IS CONTENT WITH THIS MORAL POLLUTION RT

Daniel LaRose
Daniel LaRose

And out of all the places I have been.. Minnesota is one of my top 3 most beautiful places to live. Much much better than SoCal.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

We need to invest in our education system.  Our highly educated population leads to good paying jobs and a high quality of life.    Minnesota should be smart about the surplus and increase educational spending.   The more people we graduate from college the brighter our future will be.  

lawremipsum
lawremipsum

@earthtopus spread natural gas money liberally and even the most dour Norwegian farmer can find contentment.

brill029
brill029

@barbertj23  It's possible that your anecdotal interactions with people don't characterize entire populations as well as survey data.  

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Go south, it will blow your mind.

mottdw1
mottdw1

@TomEvenstad @citypages Tom, wow just cause your not happy don't try to bring the rest of us down with you

earthtopus
earthtopus

@lawremipsum at least the ones that reply to happiness surveys. What I'm seeing there is an unwillingness to disappoint the survey people.

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