According to the new Happiness Index, from mainstreet.com, Nebraskans are the most cheery of us all. Why did the Cornhusker State rank the highest on the national happiness scale? Overall, it ranked 2nd in lowest number foreclusures, 2nd in lowest unemployment rates and 5th in lowest percentage of non-mortgage debt by income. The Happiness Index factors in these variables to determine which states are doing the best in this time of economic distress. The midwest came out on top. Locally, Nebraska was number 1 while Iowa ranked 2nd and South Dakota ranked 8th overall.
Mainstreet.com is a business and financial news and advice website. They plan on updating the Happiness Index monthy. Can Nebraska stay on top with its corn production economy or will the ill-fated talk of ethanol play out and effect the state? In the meantime, rejoice with the midwest and check out the Happiness Index for yourself at http://tiny.cc/zOscV
-Alicia the intern