How happy is Montana compared to the rest of the United States? Let’s check

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Montana has a lot to offer.

Beautiful mountains, world class skiing, fly fishing, rafting and of course Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Plus, you can throw in things like MSU and UM, the chance to hunt big game, and all those natural hot springs, and you see why Montana has become one of the great places to live.

Kayaker passing over Kootenai Falls, Kootenai River, Montana
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United States, Montana, Gallatin River, Cameron
Stewart Sutton

Here’s a question though, even with this long list of things to enjoy, how happy are Montanese?

Apparently very. Although Montana is not ranked as the happiest state in the United States (this honor goes to our friends in North Dakota), we are in the Top 10. Montana comes in at number 8 on the list according to mattress company, Amerisleep.

Amerisleep based their investigation on several different factors such as:

  • Health Ranking
  • Education Ranking
  • work-life balance
  • Environment ranking
  • Security classification
  • Housing classification
  • Income ranking

While Montana topped in the education, work/life balance, and housing rankings (insert eye roll here) arriving 3rd, 3rd and 4th. However, we missed the boats on some of the others. We ranked 45th in health, 24th in environment and 31st in safety.

Clearly, then, we have work to do if we are to eliminate North Dakota (I mean, it’s good to have goals, right?)

It’s not just North Dakota and Montana that make the top 10 list in our region/area. Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Oregon, and Utah also made the Top 10. Personally, I think the people in that region/area are just good people. They are the kind of people who help you when you need help and watch over their neighbors.

Of course, to find these people, you have to go out and meet them. Don’t let online trolls be the barometer of how you measure happiness here. Online trolls are always miserable and complaining about something and Montana has some of the worst. No, the people of this state are good people and, above all, seemingly happy people.

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