Arizonans don’t have it so bad.
The Grand Canyon State was ranked by residents as the ninth-best state when it came to their well-being, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The study included more than 177,000 interviews with adults from all 50 states during 2015. Calculated on a scale of zero to 100 — 100 represents the highest possible well-being — Arizona came out with a well-being index rating of 63.
Hawaii led the list for 2015 with a rating of 64.8. It was followed, in order, by Alaska (64.1), Montana (63.8), Colorado (63.6), Wyoming (63.5), South Dakota (63.5), Minnesota (63.3), Utah (63.1), Arizona (63.0) and California (62.7) to round out the top-10.
West Virginia earned the unfortunate title of lowest well-being for the seventh straight year.
How is well-being measured?
The Well-Being Index identifies and rates residents of each state based on the following five items.
- Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
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