A state's healthcare system, economy, and housing market can all benefit its residents, but in some cases, the local quality of life comes down to luck. To compile the list below, the job search site Zippia attempted to quantify good fortune on a regional level. In honor of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2021, see where your home state falls in the ranking of the luckiest locales in the U.S.
Zippia broke the concept of luck into two classifications: health and finances. In the finance category, they determined which states produce the most lottery winners and the places where unemployment rates and median salaries are highest. States that are lucky in terms of health boast longer life expectancies and less weather- and automobile-related deaths.
Minnesota was named the luckiest state overall, with an average life expectancy of 81 (more than two years above the national average) and 22 Powerball and lottery jackpot winners. It's followed by New Jersey, which has a life expectancy of 80 and an impressive 33 Lotto winners. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York round out the top five.
You can read through the full list of 10 luckiest states in the U.S. below. If you're looking for ways to kick off a lucky streak, check out these good luck superstitions from around the world.
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Rhode Island