Happy workers are more productive workers. But what makes a person happy? A recent analysis from WalletHub pulled together various environmental factors related to overall well-being and satisfaction to determine which states are happiest.

WalletHub complied its rankings based on three dimensions: emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community environment. Each of those characteristics was further comprised of more-detailed metrics which were weighted to calculate an overall score.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.