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Study: Arizona ranks among average in nationwide well-being

PHOENIX — Arizona ranked slightly better than the national average in a recent well-being study, according to a new Gallup poll.

The state scored a 62.2 on a recent Gallup wellness poll, slightly higher than the nationwide average of 61.6. Arizona ranked No. 20, down from No. 19 in 2013.

The Well-Being Index used more than 2 million surveys to collect real-time changes in the well-being
of citizens around the nation. The data from the study provided accurate insights needed to improve health, increase productivity, and lower health care costs, according to the poll.

The data showed Americans’ perceptions of health across the five elements of well-being: sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, relationship to community, and physical health.

North Port, Florida; Urban Honolulu, Hawaii; Raleigh, North Carolina; Oxnard, California; and El Paso, Texas, ranked in the top five communities with the best well-being.

Indianapolis, Indiana; Dayton, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Toledo, Ohio; and Youngstown, Pennsylvania, made up the bottom five communities with the worst well-being, respectively.