The Most Miserable States in America All Have One Important Thing In Common

The Most Miserable States in America All Have One Important Thing In Common

Now we know which states in the U.S. are the happiest — but which are the saddest?

According to the Gallup Well-Being Index, the most miserable states in America are all concentrated in a bloc that runs from the Midwest to the South. See for yourself on the map below (the bright red area indicates the bottom quintile of states):


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The saddest states in the U.S. are (in order from saddest to happier): West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

What accounts for the sadne

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Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

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