Hawaii Ranked Happiest State to Live in according to Gallup Poll
Hawaii was ranked the healthiest and happiest state in the nation for the fourth year in a row. Are you really surprised though? Warm water, beach life, and nature all around seems like a good life to me. Only down side to Hawaii would be the price of certain things.
These results were based on telephone interviews conducted by Gallup from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, with a random sample of 353,564 Americans, ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Hawaiians were the most likely to say they were "thriving," which gave them the highest score on Life Evaluation. They were almost the most likely to say they smiled or laughed a lot during the day before the survey.
To get the ranks and to understand state of well-being, Gallup asked Americans different measures of questions. Residents were asked to rate their state on the various measures of well-being on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 representing the ideal.
They relied on six measures: life evaluation which is a self-evaluation about your present life situation and the future of life five years from now; emotional health and work environment, such as job satisfaction; physical health; healthy behavior; and basic access to health care, a doctor, a safe place to exercise and walk, and community satisfaction.
“The lack of progress among the states with the lowest well-being scores may be related to low household income levels in these states. Nearly all of the states with the lowest well-being scores in 2012 are also states with the lowest median household incomes,” the survey authors write.
In West Virginia, they were least likely to say they were thriving and the most likely to report depression. They also had the lowest emotional health and physical health, all of which kept the state at the very bottom of the list.
Top 10 states and their average well-being scores with 100 points being the highest:
- Hawaii: 71.1
- Colorado: 69.7
- Minnesota: 68.9
- Utah: 68.8
- Vermont: 68.6
- Nebraska: 68.5
- Montana: 68.5
- New Hampshire: 68.4
- Iowa: 68.1
- Massachusetts: 68.1
The bottom 11 states:
- South Carolina: 65.2
- Oklahoma: 65.2
- Nevada: 65.2
- Indiana: 65.1
- Louisiana: 64.7
- Ohio: 64.6
- Alabama: 64.2
- Arkansas: 64.1
- Tennessee: 64.0
- Mississippi: 63.6
- Kentucky: 62.7
- West Virginia: 61.3
Jim Pope, a cardiologist and chief science officer at Healthways told USA Today, "the economic downturn has put a lot of stress on a lot of people. In response, people often adopt unhealthy behaviors that fuel a downward spiral in well-being, all leading to lower productivity and ultimately a higher cost of medical care."
Pope says that states can use this study to help change their communities. "Some places like Iowa, North Texas and several beach cities in California are already doing this," he says. "Businesses in collaboration with the government are working to create a healthier, more productive workforce to come up with a healthier community and state."
Joe Burgo, a psychologist who wrote Why Do I Do That? says, "While most of us don't have the option of moving to one of those states that has a higher sense of well-being, we can do what we can to alter our immediate environment to get as close as possible to those conditions."
I say, let's all just move to Hawaii.
Hawaii Happiest State to Live in
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A man from Hawaii can claim the title after a nationwide poll interviewed close to a million people.
Here's a look at the overall state rankings based on how residents described their sense of well being in 2012:
8. New Hampshire
12. South Dakota
19. North Dakota
25. New Mexico
30. New York
32. New Jersey
35. North Carolina
37, Rhode Island
40. South Carolina
50. West Virginia