The Top 10 Healthiest States In America.

Drumroll, please. Or should we say, cue the Ipu Hula, please...

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2011, 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.

Hawaii's high scores on the Emotional Health and Healthy Behaviors Indexes helped the state hold onto its top spot overall. Kinda hard to argue when you think of all that fresh air, beautiful scenery, layed back friendliness and healthy food.

In terms of emotional health specifically, Hawaiians were the most likely to say they smiled or laughed a lot "yesterday" and the least likely to report daily worry or stress and to have ever been diagnosed with depression. Residents' good eating and exercise habits and lower smoking rates earned them the distinction of having the best healthy behaviors in the nation.

Rank STATE Well-Being Score

1

Hawaii

70.2

2

North Dakota

70.0

3

Minnesota

69.2

4

Alaska

69.0

5

Utah

69.0

6

Colorado

68.4

7

Kansas

68.4

8

Nebraska

68.3

9

New Hampshire

68.2

10

Montana

68.0

January-December 2011 Gallop-Healthways Well-Being Index

Find the complete list of all 50 states here.





HOW DID GALLUP COME UP WITH THE DATA AND THE FORMULA FOR THESE SCORES?

The data was based on daily surveys conducted the entire year and is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a perfect 100 represents ideal wellbeing.

The poll surveyed a random sample of 353,492 adults using random-digit-dial sampling during 2011. The maximum margin of sampling error is ±1 percentage point. They have been doing this tracking since 2008.

To compile the Well-Being Index, Gallup obtains completed interviews from 1,000 U.S. adults nationally, seven days a week, excluding only major holidays.

Based on their response, individuals and communities receive an overall well-being composite score and score of each of six sub-indices including life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access.

Changes in condition can be tracked over time, and the introduction of both controlled and uncontrolled variable considered. Discrete populations can also be ranked one against another for a stratified view of their relative well-being.

You can read more about it all here.




The Top 10 Unhealthiest States In America.

Someone's always got to be last, right?

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2011, West Virginia residents had the lowest wellbeing, with a score of 62.3. However, their silver lining may be that they improved slightly from 61.7 in 2010.

The poll examined people’s ratings in life evaluation (whether they saw themselves as struggling or thriving), physical health (obesity, number of sick days taken over the month), emotional health (happiness, depression, stress), healthy behaviors (smoking, eating, exercising), work environment (job satisfaction, treatment at work) and basic access (safety in the neighborhood, access to medicine, doctor, health insurance).

Rank STATE Well-Being Score

41

Tennessee

65.0

42

Florida

64.9

43

Missouri

64.8

44

Arkansas

64.7

45

Alabama

64.6

46

Ohio

64.5

47

Delaware

64.2

48

Mississippi

63.4

49

Kentucky

63.3

50

West Virginia

62.3

January-December 2011 Gallop-Healthways Well-Being Index


FIND WHERE YOUR STATE IS RANKED HERE

The complete listing of all fifty states and some info about trends and implications in the findings can be seen here. SHOW ME THE RANKINGS

DOES YOUR CITY RANK IN THE TOP 100?

Listed by categories of large, mid-size and small, see if the city you live in made the top 10 in one of those categories here. SHOW ME THE RANKINGS

WELL-BEING SEGMENTATIONS BROKEND DOWN BY STATES

Life Evaluation Index - Top 5 and Bottom 5 states
Emotional Health - Top 5 and Bottom 5 states
Work Environment - Top 5 and Bottom 5 states
Physical Health - Top 5 and Bottom 5 states
Healthy Behaviors - Top 5 and Bottom 5 states
Basic Access - Top 5 and Bottom 5 states

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