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Minnesota is the least miserable state, according to Bloomberg

Who wouldn't feel less miserable exiting Wisconsin and entering Minnesota?
Who wouldn't feel less miserable exiting Wisconsin and entering Minnesota?

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Minnesota is the least miserable state, and Bloomberg has the numbers to back it up.

According to Bloomberg's new analysis of the most and least miserable states, your average Minnesotan is doing better than the typical resident of any other state.

Bloomberg determined its misery rankings using 13 data points, including poverty, air pollution, the number of people without health insurance, income inequality, and underemployment, among others. Each variable was scored from 0 to 100.

Strangely, the study's results were presented in a video, not an actual online story. We'll fill you in on more of the details once they become available, but for now you'll have to be content with the few tidbits of data Bloomberg provides in the TV clip.

As Bloomberg's host says, "Minnesota is the least miserable despite reaching 60-below come winter." Hey now, dress appropriately and 60-below is nothing to get miserable about!

Joking aside, the Land of 10,000 Lakes has a lower than average child poverty rate, more high school graduates than average, and a per-capita personal income of $43,000. Put it all together and Minnesota has "a misery score closer to zero" than any other state, the host tells us.

Here's the top five least-miserable states:

1. 'Sota
2. New Hampshire
3. NoDak
4. Vermont
5. Massachusetts

On the other end of the spectrum, the host says "the South is definitely the hardest hit." Mississippi, with a per-capita income of just $31,000, is the most miserable state. The next four most miserable, from two to five, are Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Arkansas.

Looking to brighten up your lives, southerners? Drive north. And if you somehow overshoot us, you could do a lot worse than ending up in Fargo, despite what the Coen brothers may have led you to believe.


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