Gallup, most well known for its incredibly telling polls on everything, released its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, (AKA what states are happier and healthier than all the others). The biggest surprise of the list is that the great state of Alaska took the number one spot (for the first time in the index’s 7 year history).
The rankings are based off over 2.1 million surveys that “captures how people feel about and experience their daily lives.” The five elements of happiness seem to boil down (at least according to Gallup) to five elements: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
Here are the overall rankings for the happiest and healthiest states:
3) South Dakota
9) New Mexico
What states ranked the lowest?
50) West Virginia