These Are America’s 20 Happiest States in 2022

A happy baby enjoying a beach day in Hawaii.
A happy baby enjoying a beach day in Hawaii. / Jessica Peterson/Tetra Images/Getty Images

Personal happiness is subjective, but there are many factors that contribute to someone’s well-being. Income, sleep habits, and work-life balance are a few examples. By gauging how these factors affect people across the country, WalletHub was able to put together a list ranking the happiest states in the U.S. in 2022.

To compile the list below, the personal finance website determined how all 50 states performed in three categories: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment. These three labels cover more than 30 specific criteria, including depression rates, participation in sports, adequate sleep levels, and job security.

Though it’s fallen by a few points since WalletHub’s 2020 report, Hawaii still tops the list. It earns a total score of 66.31 out of a possible 100, ranking first in emotional and physical well-being and seventh in community and environment. Just behind The Aloha State is Maryland, which climbed from fifth place to second between 2020 and 2022. Minnesota, Utah, and New Jersey round out the top five. You can read the full list of America’s 20 happiest states below.

Judging happiness levels by state is just one way to view the country’s mental health. For an even more localized snapshot of happiness across the U.S., check out the country’s happiest cities.

The 20 Happiest States in America in 2022

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maryland
  3. Minnesota
  4. Utah
  5. New Jersey
  6. Idaho
  7. California
  8. Illinois
  9. Nebraska
  10. Connecticut
  11. Virginia
  12. South Dakota
  13. North Dakota
  14. Massachusetts
  15. New Hampshire
  16. Iowa
  17. Delaware
  18. Florida
  19. Georgia
  20. North Carolina

A version of this story originally ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2022.