Of all the states in the U.S., Hawaii ranks highest when it comes to physical and financial well-being among its residents (‘stealing’ the title from Alaska), a new survey finds.
Gallup Healthways conducted a survey from December 2015 to January 2016, and found that the State of Hawaii was the happiest state. Some factors that helped Hawaii top the list included: its residents had a sense of community, a sense of purpose, physical well-being and financial well-being. Other happy and healthy states, which also topped the list, were: Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.
On the other end of the spectrum, residents of West Virginia reported the lowest sense of physical well-being and financial well-being. The results from West Virginia have been consistent for the past seventeen years, according to previous surveys.
The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index is a collection of data on more than two million people, made of about 177 surveys. Researchers use the surveys to make statistics which show an overall look on the living conditions in each state. They separate the Gallup survey data into five different categories, to create the well-being index. These include: sense of purpose, sense of community, physical fitness, financial health, and other social factors.
Residents from Hawaii reported good physical health and a strong sense of community, two of the main reason why Hawaii was the top-ranked state. All the states in the Mountain West, much of the Northern Plain, as well as California and Alaska, also ranked high, the survey found.
In contrast, Kentucky and West Virginia were the worst in term of both economic and physical well-being among residents. In 2013, the state of West Virginia ranked the most obese, and in 2015, it had the most deaths from injury – mainly due to accidental drug overdose. West Virginia also had the highest percentage of residents who used mood-altering drugs, and ranked highest for citizens getting way too little sleep.
The survey also showed that in general, fewer Americans smoke, and fewer are experiencing health care insecurity. However, more people in the United States than ever are either overweight or obese, which negatively impacts the overall well-being of the population, researchers said.
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