Iowa and Minnesota make the top ten happiest states to live in


KIMT News 3- The results are in and according to a recent survey by Wallethub, if you live in Iowa or Minnesota you’re probably very happy.

Iowa ranks number 7 and the Gopher state comes in at number two for the happiest states to live.

Folks in both states aren’t too shocked that they both made the top ten list.

“I guess that doesn’t surprise me,” said Dan Lestrud, Albert Lea, MN. “A lot of people in Albert Lea and Minnesota are very happy and content. It’s a good place to live.”

Lestrud is a life-long resident of Albert Lea. He owns Broadway Bike Company. Many of his out of state customers feel the same way about Minnesota.

“They commented on how beautiful the city was and how many city parks we have,” said Lestrud. “They like how many people were out doing things and they said it seemed like a very active town.”

Paige Holt has lived in North Iowa her whole life and she doesn’t plan on moving anytime soon.

“It’s cheap to live here and you have good opportunities for scholarships when you go to college,” said Holt. “Everyone’s very friendly so I think that keeps you friendly as well.”

The Wallethub survey ranks the happiest states based on factors like unemployment, healthcare and the divorce rate

However, Holt believes the small-town feel of the Midwest is also part of the appeal.

“There’s a lot of small towns here for you to live in and I think that living in a smaller town is better because you get to know everyone,” said Holt.

Here is a link to the full survey:

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