Washington, DC (KELO-AM) South Dakota is the second happiest state in the country - North Dakota is in first place - in Gallup's annual well-being survey. Nebraska is the third happiest state.
Gallup conducted 178,000 interviews of Americans in every state. The Survey measured happiness using six benchmarks: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.
Perennial frontrunner, Hawaii, actually fell to 8th place in the latest survey.