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What state tops the US Well-Being Index?

US map depicting Well-Being Score in states

According to data released by Gallup and Sharecare for 2017, only a few US states have shown improvement in well-being of people in general. In comparison to the data of previous year, the statistics are instead on a decline. This form of result has been announced for the first time in the ten-year period of the Gallup-Sharecare Index.

In this index, five important measures are considered to estimate the overall well-being of people and these elements are social, physical, purpose, financial and community. The states are then given scores between 0 to 100, with 100 representing highest possible well-being and 0 representing the lowest.

Unlike last year, Hawaii does not stand at the top rank and has dropped two positions, with a score of 63.4. At the second spot is Vermont, with a rounded score of 64.1, which is only 0.6 points higher than its score of last year. The state which tops the ranking this year is South Dakota, having a score of 64.1.

It is interpreted that the scores of other states have lowered because of the decline in purpose and social well-being of people. In all elements separately, it was Hawaii that ranked in top ten. People living there tend to exercise a lot and experience lesser levels of stress. Obesity rates are also low in the area.

West Virginia stands at the bottom of the index and has remained at that position for nine years. It is evident as incidences of high blood pressure and diabetes are the most among the people in the state.

To get to know how each state scores in the 2017 Well-Being Index, refer to the table below.

2017 State Well-Being Rankings
2017 Rank State Score
1 South Dakota 64.1
2 Vermont 64.1
3 Hawaii 63.4
4 Minnesota 63.1
5 North Dakota 63.1
6 Colorado 62.9
7 New Hampshire 62.8
8 Idaho 62.8
9 Utah 62.8
10 Montana 62.6
11 Massachusetts 62.5
12 Florida 62.4
13 Texas 62.3
14 California 62.3
15 Arizona 62.2
16 Wyoming 62.1
17 Nebraska 62.1
18 Virginia 61.9
19 North Carolina 61.8
20 Connecticut 61.7
21 Iowa 61.7
22 Washington 61.7
23 New York 61.7
24 Maine 61.6
25 Alaska 61.6
26 New Mexico 61.6
27 Wisconsin 61.6
28 New Jersey 61.5
29 Tennessee 61.5
30 Maryland 61.3
31 Georgia 61.3
32 Michigan 61.3
33 Kansas 61.2
34 Pennsylvania 61.2
35 Oregon 61.1
36 Illinois 61.1
37 South Carolina 61
38 Alabama 60.8
39 Missouri 60.7
40 Delaware 60.7
41 Rhode Island 60.5
42 Indiana 60.4
43 Nevada 60.2
44 Ohio 60
45 Kentucky 59.8
46 Oklahoma 59.7
47 Mississippi 59.6
48 Arkansas 59.4
49 Louisiana 58.9
50 West Virginia 58.8

 

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