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How happy is Illinois? Somewhat, a new study says

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A new study puts Illinois near the middle of the road when it comes to a ranking of the happiest states in America.

The WalletHub study measures multiple factors to determine a person's overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Illinois ranked 20th on the financial website's rankings list. That's better than Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky, but notably lower than Iowa and Wisconsin, which ranked eighth and ninth, respectively.

The study said Minnesota is the nation's happiest state, and West Virginia is the unhappiest. 

Notably, Illinois ranked fourth nationally for lowest rates of adult depression, but 48th for highest long-term unemployment rate. 

Twenty-eight metrics were used to calculate a score, from depression rates to income growth levels. 

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