Maryland ranks as 15th-happiest state in study

Fan Johnny Jackson of Elkridge reacts after being hit with a pie by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014, as Baltimore wins its first AL East championship pennant at home since 1969. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / September 16, 2014)

Fan Johnny Jackson of Elkridge reacts after being hit with a pie by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014, as Baltimore wins its first AL East championship pennant at home since 1969. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / September 16, 2014)

 

Maryland ranked among the top one-fourth of states for its work environment, which factors in income levels and growth rates, unemployment, job security and commute times. The state also ranked among the top third of states for its residents’ emotional and physical well-being — the state has the fourth-lowest incidence of depression and suicide, for example.

 

The happiest states in the nation, according to WalletHub, are Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska. The District of Columbia ranked two spots ahead of Maryland, while Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia were the next-happiest East Coast states at Nos. 16, 19 and 21, respectively.

 

“A comprehensive study on the topic suggests that life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness besides emotional well-being, increases as income rises but only up to $75,000,” WalletHub wrote. “Beyond that, money makes little difference in a person’s overall happiness.”

 

Marylanders are among the most unhappy in the nation, however, judging by how they express themselves on social media, according to data from Hedonometer.org used in WalletHub’s analysis. The state tied for No. 47 for its Hedonometer score, which captures sentiments shared on social media sites like Twitter.

 

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