North Dakota. Nebraska. Iowa. Virginia. All of those states are home to happier residents than Colorado is, along with 17 other states, according to a recent data analysis released by WalletHub. Despite ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and great overall health, data shows that Coloradans aren't as happy as some might expect.
After considering 31 different factors, including things like career well-being, concern about money, and underemployment rate, Colorado was ranked 22nd among the 50 states, brought down by a very low score in the 'community & environment' category. This category included factors like leisure time per day, divorce rate, and volunteer rate. Colorado is also home to one of the highest suicide rates in the country, another contributing factor to the state's low ranking.
While Colorado's national happiness rank is somewhat mediocre, there are several big positives of living in the Centennial State. For one, Colorado tied with Montana when it came to having the highest sports participation rate across the country. Colorado also had the third-highest rate of people getting adequate sleep and the fourth-highest income growth. It's also worth noting that Colorado did place above its overall rank in both 'emotional & physical well-being' and 'work environment' categories, earning a 17th place rank in each.
The happiest state was ranked as Utah and the least happy state was ranked as West Virginia.
Do you think Colorado's ranking of 22 is fair? Let us know in the comments.
See the full ranking here.
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