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County Ranks as Nation's Happiest For Second Straight Year places County in top five for fifth consecutive year

Post Date:05/21/2019 4:55 PM

CHASKA, MINN.—Carver County ranks first as the “Happiest County in the United States” for the second consecutive year, according to a report released by

The rankings are based on the 2019 World Happiness Report, an undertaking of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network on behalf of the United Nations. takes that data to compare 980 counties across the U.S. with populations of at least 50,000. It looks at eight different metrics, including unemployment rate, poverty rate, affordability ratio, marriage rate, divorce rate, bankruptcy rate, life expectancy and physical activity rate.

The County placed first in the same rankings in 2018, and this marks the fifth consecutive year Carver County ranked in the top five. The website cited the County’s nearly 84% physical activity rate, and its high marriage rate (62.2%) and low divorce rate (7.9%). The County posted a low unemployment rate (2.6%) and high life expectancy (82.8 years).

“The County ranking number one in the happiness index, of course, is a source of pride for all of us,” Carver County Board of Commissioners chair Randy Maluchnik said. “I think this shows the tremendous sense of community that exists throughout the County and the great work that fosters it.”

“But we also know that not everyone enjoys all these benefits, and we as a Board and as a community need to continue the necessary work to ensure all County residents can seek the opportunity to pursue happiness,” he added.

One other Minnesota county, neighboring Scott County, appears seventh in the rankings. It’s the first time Scott County placed in the top 10.

For the entire ranking and data, visit

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