It Makes Complete Sense That Hawaii Is The Happiest State In America

Punalu'u Beach, black sand beach, Hawaii

Photo: Flickr/S Carpenter

For the third year in a row, Hawaii is the happiest state in America, according to the annual poll from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.Hawaii ranked the highest in the nationwide survey in emotional and physical health, and Hawaii residents were most likely to rate their lives highly enough to be “thriving.”

Of course Hawaii has spectacular beaches, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and perfect waves just begging to be surfed, but there’s more to it than that. Beyond the incredible surroundings, Hawaiians find true bliss in the calm of everyday life.

Aloha Hawaii!

60.7 per cent of Hawaiians exercise frequently, the second highest rate in the nation.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) was invented in Hawaii in the 1960s. Today it's one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world.


People love the active, outdoor lifestyle. And the weather's nice year-round: the average daytime temperature is 75˚-85˚F.


59.4 per cent of Hawaiians frequently eat fresh produce.

Fresh fish is abundant. There are over 250 sushi restaurants in Honolulu alone.

Source: Yelp.


90 per cent of Hawaiians have health insurance.

Hawaiians have the longest average lifespan in America, at 81.48.

Hawaii ranks 50th in the US in preventable deaths and those due to accidents and 49th in deaths by cancer and heart disease.

Honolulu was ranked the third safest city among the largest U.S. cities by Forbes.

According to the most recent US Census, 89.8 per cent of Hawaiians graduated from high school and 29.4% graduated from college--both higher than the national average.

According to the most recent US Census, there are 116,610 veterans in Hawaii.

Hawaii has 73 museums, state monuments, zoos, an opera house, a ballet, and the Honolulu Symphony.

According to the most recent US Census, 38.6% of the population of Hawaii is Asian.

Hawaii's diverse heritage gives rise to many Asian and Pacific festivals and cultural celebrations.

And did we mention the beaches? More than 100 gorgeous beaches ring Honolulu. Maui has 30 miles of beaches on its 120 miles of coastline and Kauai has 50 miles of beaches on its 113 miles of coastline.

There are white, black, green and red sand beaches. Black sand beaches consist of tiny fragments of lava.


The landscape is lush and tropical.


The laid-back lifestyle draws people in--and then convinces them to stay.


How do other states stack up?

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