Study Shows Which State Is America’s Unhappiest | WDVM25 & DCW50

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re planning a trip to West Virginia soon, here are some tips for you: don’t break mirrors, avoid black cats, and definitely don’t travel on Friday the 13th.

West Virginia was named the unhappiest state in the country, according to a report by

The casino news and rating site ranked each state based on a number of factors to determine which was America’s unhappiest.

West Virginia finished last on the happiness meter, with a bad luck score of 75.08 out of a possible 100. New York was the happiest state in the country, with a score of 28.26.

Ten factors were taken into account, including lightning deaths, accidental deaths, Powerball and Mega Millions winners, and divorce rates among couples under the age of 30.

West Virginia was in last place on the list of three of the stats: lowest resident happiness, highest accident death rate, and lowest life expectancy.

Several other southern states — Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama — rounded out the top five unhappiest states.

New York, one of the happiest, topped the list thanks to its low divorce rate under 30, low accidental death rate and high life expectancy.

Minnesota, Maryland, California and New Jersey were the other lucky states to earn a spot in the top five.

Here’s an overview of some of the metrics used in the report:

  • West Virginia ranks lowest in the happiness of its residents, while Utah ranks highest.
  • Florida had the most lightning deaths since 1952 (515), while Alaska and Hawaii have the fewest (0).
  • Texas has had the most disaster declarations since 1953 (365), while Delaware has the fewest (25).
  • West Virginia had the most fatal accidents per 100,000 since 2014 (92.1), while New York had the fewest (34.0).
  • West Virginia had the lowest life expectancy (74.8), while Hawaii had the highest (81.4).
  • Arkansas had the highest divorce rate at age 30 (19.5%), while New York had the lowest (5%).

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