The Most Popular 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

The Most Popular 2019 New Year’s Resolution in Every U.S. State

The Most Popular 2019 New Year’s Resolution in Every U.S. State

The start of a new calendar year is a time for reflection and new beginnings. It prompts us to rethink how we make choices and spend our time, and helps us re-prioritize what matters most to us in the near future.

Even if you’re a proponent of living every month with intention whether it’s the start of another year or not, New Year’s is still a great reminder to do so.

Life gets busy, so each year it’s helpful to reflect on where you’re headed and where you’d like to go. If those two destinations differ, then it may be a great opportunity for you to select a New Year’s resolution and set your new course — you and your health deserve it.

At Vitagene, we’re focused on helping every individual live a healthy life by providing information about their unique genetic makeup.

There is so much that goes into one’s well-being and physical needs, including their DNA and lifestyle. With that in mind, we wanted to learn more about Americans’ plans for health and happiness in 2019.



To find this out, we conducted a survey of over 1,450 Americans across every state and D.C. We asked them which New Year’s resolution they plan to set for 2019, as well as which types of resolutions are easiest and most difficult to keep.

We also asked how long they’ve typically been able to keep resolutions. After analyzing our data, we were able to determined the most popular New Year’s resolution in each state and get an overall picture of Americans’ 2019 plans.


The Most Popular 2019 New Year’s Resolution in Every State

Map of most popular 2019 New Year’s Resolutions by state

When looking at the results by state, we found that there is significant variation across the country.

The resolutions that appear as the top choice in at least one state are ‘exercise to get in shape’ (18 states), ‘diet to lose weight’ (16), ‘save money’ (9), ‘eat healthier in general’ (5), ‘learn a new skill’ (1), ‘get a (new) job’ (1), and ‘something for self care’ (1).

Interestingly, it is more common for states in the South or Northeast to want to save money compared to those in the West or Midwest, which are more focused on exercise or dieting.

The states that are most unlike any other are Wyoming, Minnesota, and South Carolina, which were the only ones to select ‘learn a new skill,’ ‘something for self care,’ and ‘get a (new) job,’ respectively.

All other states share their most popular New Year’s resolution with other states in the nation.


Which States Are Best and Worst at Keeping Resolutions?

Map of states that are historically best or worst at keeping their resolutions

We also wanted to see how long Americans are able to keep their resolutions and if there’s any variation based on location — our data shows that there definitely is.

Based on how many locals reported that they could keep them for a year or more, South Dakota (37.5%), Alaska (35.3%), Minnesota (31.0%), Maryland (31.0%) and Iowa (28.6%) proved to be the best at holding onto their New Year’s goals.

The five states that have the toughest time doing so are New Mexico (4.5%), Tennessee (8.0%), Indiana (8.7%), Colorado (9.1%), and Nebraska (9.5%).


America’s New Year’s Resolution Picture

Infographic detailing top trends of New Year’s Resolutions

Finally, we decided to zoom out and look at our survey results nationwide. We found that the top resolutions by state align with the national picture very closely.

The five most popular New Year’s resolutions are ‘exercise to get in shape’ (19.7%), ‘diet to lose weight’ (18.3%), ‘save money’ (14.8%), ‘eat healthier in general’ (11.9%), and ‘something for self care’ (5.5%).

We also asked respondents what they found to be the easiest and most difficult types of resolutions to keep.

26.5% said that personal development resolutions, such as learning a hobby or reading more, have been the easiest to keep going.

On the flip side, 32.7% said that healthy eating or diet changes were the most difficult to hold onto. This is a good reminder of how important it is for everyone to understand their genetic background and find the diet that is right for their body.

In general, our data shows how difficult it can be in general to keep a resolution. 36.6% of Americans report that they generally are only able to keep theirs for one month or less. 81.3% are able to keep them for six months or less, and only 11.4% say they’re able to make permanent changes.

2019 will be an exciting year for many reasons — the most important of which is that it’s another year for you to keep building a healthy, happy, and full life for yourself.

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to jumpstart that process, and we hope our survey results helped you to decide on yours, or at least got the wheels turning for you.

If health is a focus for you in the upcoming year, we recommend checking out our DNA kits and reports that help you build a plan that is exactly tailored to you.

Have you decided on your New Year’s resolution yet? Tell us in the comments below!

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