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

(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.

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Feb 28, 2013 9:39 AM CST
The 60% were thriving before they moved to Hawaii most likely. If they went to the poor neighborhoods in Hawaii I bet the results of the poll would be different.
Feb 28, 2013 8:11 AM CST
They are happy. They are satisfied. They are living atop an active Volcano. . . . I am happy and satisfied to conclude that a certain percentage of my fellow countrymen are imbeciles, fools, madmen and assorted lunatics.
Feb 28, 2013 7:02 AM CST
Sure, Hawaii is a smoke-free state, while W. Virginia and other less-desirable states are not. The REALLY bad states would be the ones with the CRIMINAL TOBACCO DRUG PUSHERS, like North Carolina, Tennessee, etc. MAKE THE USA SMOKE-FREE, INDOORS AND OUT, NOW! (Even Russia has done it!) BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG, TOO AND PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS!