5th Straight Year: Hawaii Best for Well-Being

At the bottom: West Virginia

By Matt Cantor,  Newser User

Posted Feb 28, 2013 2:03 AM CST | Updated Feb 28, 2013 4:20 AM CST
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(Newser) – Seems Hawaii is still the place to be: It's now topped a Gallup-Healthways well-being poll for the past five years, USA Today reports. The survey evaluates overall well-being based on a series of questions on everything from physical health to job satisfaction. Over the past five years, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, and Utah have remained in the top 10, while Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, and West Virginia have stayed in the bottom 10.

Nationwide, 53% of adults say they're "thriving," while 43.5% say they're "struggling" and 3.5% "suffering." In Hawaii, 60% are reportedly thriving; only 45% of West Virginians said the same. West Virginians were seen to have the worst health regimens, including eating and sleeping poorly and smoking; Vermont was the healthiest. But our emotional and overall health has stayed pretty constant since 2008. Head to USA Today for the full list of states.

Hawaii is tops for overall well-being, a survey finds.
Hawaii is tops for overall well-being, a survey finds.   (Shutterstock)
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