A survey called the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reveals which states were happiest in 2009. The index included questions about six types of well-being, including overall evaluation of their lives, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors (such as whether a person smokes or exercises), and job satisfaction.

Click here to learn more about the survey and what it means. Also see Top 5 Keys to Happiness.

Here are the 50 U.S. states in order of their well-being scores from 2009, which are out of 100 points, with the 2008 scores in (parentheses).

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  1. Hawaii: 70.2 (68.2)
  2. Utah: 68.3 (69.2)
  3. Montana: 68.3 (66.7)
  4. Minnesota: 67.8 (67.3)
  5. Iowa: 67.6 (65.6)
  6. Vermont: 67.4 (66.6)
  7. Colorado: 67.3 (67.3) 
  8. Alaska: 67.3 (66.2)
  9. North Dakota: 67.3 (65.5)
  10. Kansas: 67.2 (66.1)
  11. Idaho: 67.1 (66.8)
  12. Virginia: 67.0 (66.5)
  13. New Hampshire: 66.9 (66.7)
  14. Maryland: 66.8 (67.1)
  15. Washington: 66.8 (67.1)
  16. Maine: 66.7 (65.5)
  17. Wyoming: 66.7 (68.0)
  18. Massachusetts: 66.6 (67.0)
  19. California: 66.5 (67.0)
  20. South Dakota: 66.5 (64.3)
  21. Arizona: 66.4 (66.8)
  22. Connecticut: 66.3 (66.3) 
  23. Nebraska: 66.3 (66.4)
  24. Texas: 66.2 (66.1)
  25. Georgia: 66.1 (66.0)
  26. Oregon: 66.0 (66.3)
  27. Wisconsin: 66.0 (65.9)
  28. Illinois: 65.8 (65.2)
  29. New Jersey: 65.6 (65.8)
  30. Pennsylvania: 65.4 (64.9)
  31. New Mexico: 65.3 (66.3)
  32. New York: 65.0 (64.7)
  33. Michigan: 64.9 (64)
  34. Missouri: 64.8 (63.8)
  35. Florida: 64.8 (65.3)
  36. South Carolina: 64.9 (65.7)
  37. North Carolina: 65.1 (64.8)
  38. Delaware: 64.7 (64.7)
  39. Louisiana: 64.2 (64.2)
  40. Oklahoma: 64.2 (64)
  41. Rhode Island: 64.2 (64.6)
  42. Mississippi: 64.0 (61.9)
  43. Tennessee: 64.0 (64.0)
  44. Alabama: 63.9 (64.9)
  45. Indiana: 63.9 (63.3)
  46. Nevada: 63.8 (64.5)
  47. Ohio: 63.6 (62.8)
  48. Arkansas: 62.8 (62.9)
  49. Kentucky: 62.3 (61.4)
  50. West Virginia: 60.5 (61.2)

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