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Gallup Healthways Index: Dakotas Top List

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How happy are you? Apparently, certain states just have more happy people than other states.

This is according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index.

According to the annual survey that measures Americans' sense of well-being, the Dakotas top the list this year, beating out Hawaii, which had been number one for the past five years.

The least content state was West Virginia, with Kentucky coming in at 49.

What about in our area? New Jersey does the best in the poll, coming in at 23rd place, then Delaware is at 28th and Pennsylvania is trailing in the 36th spot.

The poll is based on six sub-indexes that include life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, work environment, access to basic necessities, and healthy behaviors. The scores are calculated on a scale of 0 to 100.

The study also noted that the well-being score for the entire nation is 66.2 in 2013, down from 66.7 in 2012.

You can read the full report here.

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