Survey: Hawaiians have highest well-being

Nanci Hellmich
USA Today

Hawaii already lays claim to natural beauty. Now it comes out on top in a new ranking of which state’s residents have the best sense of overall well-being, based on physical health, happiness, job satisfaction and other factors that affect quality of life.

West Virginia is the state where people have the worst sense of well-being, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index for 2011, released today.

The states that rank in the top 10 after Hawaii: North Dakota, Minnesota, Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Montana.

The bottom of the list after West Virginia: Kentucky (No. 49), Mississippi, Delaware, Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, and Tennessee and Nevada tied for No. 40.

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