Which states have the best well-being?


The pollsters at Gallup interviewed nearly 180,000 Americans in 50 states over 12 months to develop The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

They examined specific criteria such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to food, shelter, and healthcare.

Where are people the happiest? The No. 1 state is North Dakota.

That may surprise you. North Dakota is kind of a backwater, it had a lot of abandoned towns, and the state watched its land drop in value to nearly nothing. But thanks to America’s energy book, the state has roared back as an economic powerhouse and now enjoys the nation’s lowest unemployment rate.

Rounding out the Top 5 of states are South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana.

So where are people not well compared to their fellow Americans? West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Ohio.

What’s the point of me telling you all this? Well, we are a historically mobile population. So if you’re in a rut, you might consider moving to one of the Top 5 for a chance at better well-being both fiscally and physically.

See where your state ranks here.

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