North Dakota is Happier Than Hawaii

Hard to believe, but Hawaii didn't top this list.

ByABC News
February 21, 2014, 1:51 PM

Feb. 21, 2014— -- North Dakota is booming with oil and its residents are brimming with happiness.

The Midwest state is so content that it even dethroned Hawaii, which fell to eighth, as the happiest place in the United States, according to an annual survey from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

It's hard to believe that this is no longer the photo of the happiest state in the union.

PHOTO: Big Beach In Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.
Big Beach In Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.

Here are the top-five states in the well-being index.

First was North Dakota, followed by South Dakota. Next? Nebraska, Minnesota, Montana.

PHOTO: A map of the United States show the results of Gallup's "Well-Being Index" for 2013.
A map of the United States show the results of Gallup's "Well-Being Index" for 2013.

Check out the complete rankings here.

States were measured on six sub-indexes, including individual life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.

North Dakotans had the highest scores for work environment and physical health, which makes sense, given the slew of oil field jobs that pay in the six figure range.

The data was based on more than 178,000 interviews conducted last year with adults across all 50 states.

Perhaps it's just that folksy midwestern charm, but here are a few reasons why North Dakotans may be so happy.

PHOTO: Josh Duhamel provided voice acting for an ad for North Dakota Tourism.
Josh Duhamel, a native of North Dakota, has high praise for his home state. He even voices the tourism ads.
PHOTO: Gas flares is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota.
North Dakota's oil boom has created many high-paying jobs.
PHOTO: The North Dakotan landscape is seen outside Watford City, North Dakota, July 23, 2013.
The North Dakota landscape is gorgeous! This photo was taken outside Watford City.

Are you surprised where your state ranked?