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New study determines if you are living in a happy state

WalletHub pulls in 28 key metrics to determine which of the 50 contiguous states have the happiest residents. 

Research company, WalletHub, conducted a study to find which of the 50 contiguous states have the highest rates of happiness. Using a variety of metrics including depression rate, sports participation rate and income growth, researchers also relied on a panel of experts to provide additional insight.

Based on their findings, Texas tips the scale, coming in at number 28 as the happiest state in the U.S., while New Mexico ranks as the 40th happiest state.

Only three states reportedly work more hours than Texans. That includes North Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska.

Meanwhile, New Mexico has the highest long-term unemployment rate, according to WalletHub.

According to the experts, various aspects of one's personal life attribute to happiness, including everything from emotional well-being to job satisfaction.

The five happiest states include Minnesota, Utah, Hawaii, California and Nebraska.

To read more, head over to WalletHub.

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