Maryland has been ranked as one of the top 10 happiest states in the country. 

According to WalletHub's Happiest States in America list, Maryland ranks No. 7 for 2018, with the happiest state being Hawaii (I would be pretty chill if I lived in Hawaii, too), and the unhappiest being West Virginia. 

Of course, there are many factors that measure happiness. I was personally kind of surprised to see Maryland so high on the list; Marylanders seem to work long hours, suffer through looooong commutes to and from the city every day, and experience a very wide range of socioeconomic statuses. But after looking at the criteria explored in the Wallet Hub report, which provided this analysis, it seems that Maryland scores pretty solidly -- not at the top of any of the best statistics, but also nowhere near the worst.

Yet, still it’s No. 7, so the state is doing something right. For "Community and Environment," Maryland ranked No. 5, while for "Emotional and Physical Well-Being" we ranked No. 7. For "Work Environment," Maryland landed lower, at No. 38.

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The report took into consideration various questions to come up with its ranking, such as what the key ingredients to life were, whether money had anything to do with it, what is the secret to having a satisfying career, how much do your surroundings influence your happiness, and more.

To see the complete list of states, click here

What do you think constitutes a happy state? Do you think Maryland is correctly placed on the list? Share your opinion in the comments below!

Candy canes make Marylanders happy. And so do clams. So how about clamdy canes?