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Website ranks Arizona in top 20 of happiest states in country

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PHOENIX — There are many factors that attribute to one’s happiness.

One of those factors, if not, the biggest, is where one calls home.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, named Arizona as the 18th happiest state in the country on Monday.

The website determined its list using 31 key metrics that range from depression rate to income growth.

WalletHub then narrowed down those metrics into three key dimensions: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment.

Arizona found itself as the seventh-best state for the work environment dimension.

The category is based off criteria such as the number of hours worked, commute time, unemployment rate, income growth rate, job satisfaction score and median credit score.

Arizona’s next-highest mark was at No. 24 for emotional and physical well-being, which had the biggest influence in the lists’ overall rankings.

The dimension was based on depression and suicide rate, alcohol use disorder, sports participation rate, physical health index, adverse childhood experiences and life expectancy.

Arizona’s final tally was as at No. 31 for its community and environment rank.

The category was based on the state’s volunteer rate, separation and divorce rate, safety and ideal weather.

Hawaii was deemed to be the happiest state in the country, while West Virginia found itself at the bottom of the list.

So when it comes to living in the Grand Canyon State, don’t worry, be happy.

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