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Utah is the second-happiest state in the country, according to a new report

Utah was also ranked second for having the fewest number of COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

Downtown Salt Lake City, with the Wasatch Mountains in the background.
Downtown Salt Lake City, with the Wasatch Mountains in the background. Utah was recently ranked as the second happiest state in the country in a report from WalletHub.
Douglas Pulsipher

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah is ranked as one of the happiest states in the country, according to a new report.

While Hawaii was listed as the happiest state in the nation in a new report from WalletHub, Utah followed close behind as the second-happiest.

Rounding out the top five happiest states were Minnesota, New Jersey and Maryland, while the least-happiest were Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia.

Although Utah may have come in second place for the happiest state, it ranked first in several other areas, including fewest work hours, highest volunteer rate and lowest divorce rate, according to WalletHub.

However, Utah was also ranked as having one of the highest shares of adult depression — Utah was No. 47 in this area, and New Jersey and Hawaii were at the opposite end with the lowest shares of adult depression.

When it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, Utah is the state with the second-fewest amount of restrictions, only following South Dakota, according to another recent report from WalletHub. But the site also ranked Utah as 26th for positive COVID-19 testing rate for the last four weeks.

To determine the happiest state, WalletHub analyzed a variety of different metrics, including physical health, social well-being, unemployment rates, and job security. Data for this analysis came from many different sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.