Where you live could be having a significant impact on just how happy and healthy you are in life, if new research is to be believed.
States across the U.S. were ranked based on how healthy and happy their residents said they were, according to the new and recently released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
For the report, over 176,000 interviews with people located across the U.S. during 2014 were analyzed. The participants were asked questions to assess how they felt about five different ‘aspects of well-being’ including social life, community, physical, financial, and having “purpose.”
The top ranked state which was deemed the happiest and healthiest was Alaska, which has been in the top ten at least four time since 2008. Completing the top five were Hawaii, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. At the bottom of the list, in last place is West Virginia, preceded by Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Mississippi to create the bottom five.
The full top ten, in full, consists of the following states: Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. The bottom ten, in full, consists of the following states: Missouri, Michigan, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.