|A recent study by WalletHub has concluded that West Virginia is the most unhappy state in America. Happiness is a difficult thing to come across even on the best of days.
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting most peopleâs lives, America has been forced to face a mental health crisis. It has now been said that 4 in 10 adults report symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder.
WalletHub looked at 50 states across 31 key metrics to determine which states were suffering the worse from this ongoing situation, including the use of previous studies on the subject.
What was found is that West Virginia, in a combination of all established factors, was ranked 50.
According to WalletHub, credit card debt is on the rise, West Virginia ranks 37.
The three key dimensions that were considered were: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Work Environment and 3) Community & Environment.
Inside those dimensions were 31 metrics, each on a 100-point scale with their own weight on the overall score.
Other noteworthy rankings were Highest Share of Adult Depression and Lowest Adequate-Sleep Rate of which West Virginia ranked 50 and 49 respectfully.
The sources used include: The U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Feeding America, Corporation for National and Community Service, Gallup, Brandwatch, TransUnion, Minnesota Population Center â University of Minnesota, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, County Health Rankings and WalletHub research.