NEW YORK (PIX11) — New Yorkers are not very happy people, according to a new study.
Gallup’s annual study of American well-being measured how people around the country feel about their purpose, social, financial, community and physical well-being.
Overall, New York fell on the lower three quarters of the country, in the 64th percentile. New Jersey ranked one spot below us, at 34 out of 50.
We ranked 46 out of 50 in Purpose — meaning, New Yorkers really aren’t too fond of what we do daily, and we don’t have much motivation to achieve goals.
New York also ranked miserably in Community: 44 out of 50. Data shows New Yorkers don’t like where they live, don’t feel safe and lack pride in the community.
However, New York ranked 17/50 in Physical health, meaning residents generally enjoy good health and have enough energy to get daily tasks done.
This year’s top spot was given to Alaska, which moved up 15 spots since 2013. The runner-up was unsurprisingly, Hawaii.
Perhaps unexpectedly, the next happiest states are South Dakota,Wyoming and Montana.
The most unhappy state in the US is West Virginia, followed by Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Mississippi.