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Where in America are women most depressed?

March 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM ET

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Named the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Maui, Hawaii, averages 131 clear and sunny days every year. Portland, Ore., on the other hand, has blue skies only 68 times a year (that's about six times a month). So it’s no surprise that the better weather state is also the happier one. Of course, weather patterns alone aren’t to blame for the blues, but according to our research, sunny coastal states have lower rates of depression than those inland. So why aren’t we all plotting a move to Hawaii?

Depression affects women about 1.5 times more than men. More than having the blues, symptoms of depression include feeling sad, hopeless, tired, unable to concentrate, overeating or under eating and, in severe cases, having suicidal thoughts.

Here are the state rankings for depression: #1 is happiest and #50 is the most depressed. The numbers below represent the percentage of women who have been diagnosed with depression.

RankState%
1Hawaii12.1
2New Jersey12.9
3California15.1
4Maryland17
5Georgia17.5
6Virginia17.6
7Delaware17.8
8New York18.2
9Minnesota18.7
10Wisconsin18.8
11Connecticut19.3
12Massachusetts19.6
13South Carolina19.9
14Nevada20
15Iowa20.2
15Kansas20.2
17Florida20.3
17Illinois20.3
19South Dakota20.7
20Ohio21.4
21Louisiana21.6
22Texas21.7
23North Carolina21.8
24Nebraska22
25Colorado22.4
26Tennessee23
27Arizona23.1
28Mississippi23.2
29North Dakota23.4
30Pennsylvania23.6
31Alaska23.7
32Kentucky23.9
33Wyoming24.3
34Missouri24.4
34West Virginia24.4
36New Mexico24.7
37New Hampshire24.9
38Alabama25
39Montana25.1
40Michigan25.6
40Washington25.6
42Oklahoma25.8
42Rhode Island25.8
44Indiana26.3
45Idaho26.6
46Vermont27.4
47Arkansas28.2
48Utah28.4
49Maine29.6
50Oregon30.6

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.


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