It's pretty safe to say that at this point in 2020 we've all experienced more than our share of misery. But in South Dakota, we're apparently suffering more than a lot of other places.

On its new list of the most miserable states in America, BestLife has the Mount Rushmore State 18th overall, after considering a number of different factors like unemployment, poverty, and depression.

And while we were among the best in the country in terms of unemployment and happiness, we did get dinged on a depression rate in the bottom ten nationally.

But it was one other area that this survey looked at that really caused South Dakota's ranking to plummet.

Our COVID-19 numbers.

With the second-highest infection percentage rate in America, we didn't stand a chance.


  1. West Virginia
  2. Alabama
  3. Arkansas
  4. Mississippi
  5. Louisiana
  6. Kentucky
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Tennessee
  9. Nevada
  10. New Mexico

Usually, when South Dakota ranks poorly on any sort of lifestyle ranking, our less-than-stellar winter weather is usually one of the main culprits dragging us down. But a quick check of the least miserable states shows an abundance of cold weather places, including two of our neighbors - Minnesota and North Dakota.


  1. Hawaii
  2. New Jersey
  3. Minnesota
  4. Maryland
  5. Connecticut
  6. New Hampshire
  7. California
  8. Vermont
  9. Virginia
  10. North Dakota
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