The 10 Happiest States

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make life a whole lot easier.

MainStreet.com’s Happiness Index examined household income, debt, employment, and foreclosures to choose the states that are surviving the current economic crisis with the most panache.

The analysis discovered that despite disastrous conditions in parts of Michigan and Ohio, overall, the Midwest is navigating the financial meltdown with the highest average salaries, lowest unemployment, and fewest foreclosures. In fact, Nebraska, in the center of the corn belt, scores highest on MainStreet’s Happiness Index.

Here are the rest of the top-10 happiest states:
Nebraska
Iowa
Kansas
Hawaii
Louisiana
Oklahoma
Wyoming
South Dakota
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Source: MainStreet.com, Stephen Dalton

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