A new Gallup survey of nationwide well-being ranks North Dakota at the top and West Virginia at the very bottom.
The annual survey interviews more 178,000 American adults from all 50 states. The well-being index scores states on various factors, including life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. Hawaii was formerly the reigning state for the last four years, but it dropped to 8th this year. Based on the 2013 data, the states in the Midwest and West were generally the highest scoring, and the South had some of the lowest scores.
Other states reigned in their own well-being factors. For instance, Nebraska ranked highest for Life Evaluation Index, Alaska had the greatest score for Emotional Health Index, and Vermont held the top spot for Health Behaviors.
These are the top five states in the survey:
1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
And these are the lowest-ranking states (starting from the bottom):
1. West Virginia