roceed with Caution: Data Collected Between 2005 and 2008 Published in 2009 1 X A section of an older map of the United States. Credit: James Monteith | © Wikimedia Commons The happiest state of the union is Louisiana; at the bottom of the list of happiest states is New York; California ranks 46th. What does it all mean and how reliable is the data? Top 5 Happiest States in America (and the bottom 5) The top five happiest states in America are Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. At the bottom of the list are Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. Live Science explains that the data List of Happiest States in America Starts with Louisiana and Ends with New York collected in their research spanned 2005 to 2008 and included personal evaluations by about 1.3 million Americans. This information was then incorporated with more objective data that included various influences on the quality of life. Do the Happiest States Stack Up to Reality? CNBC reports on the states with the highest unemployment rates. At number one is Michigan (14.7%), followed by Rhode Island (12.7%), South Carolina which is tied with California and Nevada (12.3%), the District of Columbia (11.8%) and Florida (11.5%). Who would have thought that Florida with the fifth highest unemployment rate would be the third happiest state? The top five happiest states in America are Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona. List of Happiest States in America Starts with Louisiana and Ends with New York - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com Heee Heeee, I live in a happy state!