Tuesday, 08 March 2011
If you're happy and you know it... you most likely live in the Western United States. That's according to a survey done by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which polled over 350,000 adults across the country.
The survey covered six different categories well-being: "life evaluation (self-evaluation about your present life situation and anticipated one in five years); emotional health; work environment (such as job satisfaction); physical health; healthy behavior; and basic access (access to health care, a doctor, a safe place to exercise and walk, as well as community satisfaction)."
So where does your state fall on the list?
It's no surprise that a place with sunshine, surf, and sand tops the list. Hawaii is the #1 state in the union when it comes to the well being of its residents, as it scored high in three categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health. Who wouldn't want to live there?!
Rounding out the rest of the top 10:
3. North Dakota
7. South Dakota (they reported the most favorable and positive working conditions)
10. Massachusetts (residents "indicated the best access to necessities crucial to high well-being")
For those who live in the South, some of your states fell at the bottom of the list. West Virginia came in last, not scoring well in life evaluation, emotional health, and physical health.
Here's the bottom of the list:
50. West Virginia
Click here for the entire list.
For the Top 10 residents, do you love living in your state? If you live in the states who were ranked in the lower portion, do you think your state deserves it ranking?