New Jersey is the 4th happiest state in the US, new study finds

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey is the fourth happiest state in the U.S., and its residents have a greater sense of “emotional and physical well-being” than residents of any other state, a new study found. 

WalletHub’s annual “Happiest States in America” study, which was released earlier this week, ranked the Garden State fourth on its list of the happiest states in the U.S.

Hawaii, Utah and Minnesota clinched the top three spots, respectively. Connecticut ranked 10th on the list, and New York ranked 17th. 

And while New Jersey didn’t take the top spot on the study’s “overall” happiness ranking, it did place first on WalletHub’s “Emotional and Physical Well-Being” ranking, which takes factors including depression diagnoses, life expectancy, food insecurity and — this year — COVID-19 statistics into account. 

Connecticut placed fifth on the “Emotional and Physical Well-Being” ranking, followed by New York state, which placed sixth. 

“In this study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of ‘happiness’ research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life,” the site’s report said. 

“Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life,” it added.