They do not fit any of the characteristics of the Happiest Man in America, expect maybe the height.
More stats have come out of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Someone at the New York Times (who must have spent a lot of time studying the data — I would love to do that! ) figured out who would statistically be the happiest man in America, and then set out to find him. (This seems much more fun than finding the most Average American.)
According to the Index, the happiest man in America would be the following: “a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year”. You might think it be a bit difficult to find someone with all of those qualities, but find him they did.
Introducing Alvin Wong, also known as The Happiest Man in America. Please note that he lives in Hawaii (land of pineapple), not Wyoming.
Also, the Times has an infographic about the happiest groups of people. Check it out here.
The New York Times has an interactive map of the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. I get why the people in Hawaii are so happy. They live in Hawaii. It’s beautiful, no snow, free healthcare, also, fresh pineapple all the time. (That last one would be enough for me.)
But, Wyoming? Why? It’s not pretty, there’s a lot of snow, I’m pretty sure that their healthcare isn’t all that great, and I bet they don’t get to eat a lot of pineapple. (Or mangoes…) But, apparently they’re happy. Way happier than Ohio anyway. (We’re clearly in the not so happy group.)
So, explore your (house district’s) happiness or misery according to a number of factors (none of which involved questions about pineapples or mangoes, sadly) at the NY Times. Played with the map to your heart’s content and still can’t figure out why the people in Wyoming are happy? Go directly to the source; Gallup will give you more stats than you ever wanted to know.