Hawaii Continues as the Best State for Well-Being


According to the latest Gallup Poll.

Hawaii residents had the highest wellbeing in the nation in 2011 with a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score of 70.2, maintaining that state’s No. 1 status for a third consecutive year. North Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, and Alaska rounded out the top five states. West Virginia residents had the lowest wellbeing, with a score of 62.3, slightly improved from 61.7 in 2010.

Here is the chart.

There are definite regional differences with the Western states doing better than those in the South.

I suspect smoking and diet which are culturally based are larger factors than are discussed in the report. But, read it all.