PRESENTING: The 10 Happiest States In America

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For the third straight year, Hawaii holds onto its title as the happiest state in America according to the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The nationwide survey is based on daily interviews with U.S. adults from January to December 2011. The Index is an average of six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, healthy behaviours, and physical health. 

In general, state-level scores remained consistent with the past four years of data, with Western states ranking high on the wellbeing index, and most Southern states ranking at the bottom.  

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#10 Montana

Life Evaluation: #9

Emotional Health: #9

Physical Health: #25

Healthy behaviour: #11

Work Environment: #12

Basic Access: #28

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

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#9 New Hampshire

Life Evaluation: #23

Emotional Health: #28

Physical Health: #2

Healthy behaviour: #2

Work Environment: #18

Basic Access: #5

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

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#8 Nebraska

Life Evaluation: #6

Emotional Health: #4

Physical Health: #5

Healthy behaviour: #31

Work Environment: #9

Basic Access: #11

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

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#7 Kansas

Life Evaluation: #12

Emotional Health: #7

Physical Health: #7

Healthy behaviour: #24

Work Environment: #3

Basic Access: #13

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

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#6 Colorado

Life Evaluation: #12

Emotional Health: #7

Physical Health: #7

Healthy behaviour: #24

Work Environment: #3

Basic Access: #13

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

#5 Alaska

Life Evaluation: #1

Emotional Health: #3

Physical Health: #20

Healthy behaviour: #14

Work Environment: #11

Basic Access: #47

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

#4 Utah

Life Evaluation: #5

Emotional Health: #12

Physical Health: #17

Healthy behaviour: #6

Work Environment: #5

Basic Access: #8

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

#3 Minnesota

Life Evaluation: #7

Emotional Health: #5

Physical Health: #1

Healthy behaviour: #18

Work Environment: #7

Basic Access: #2

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

#2 North Dakota

Life Evaluation: #3

Emotional Health: #2

Physical Health: #8

Healthy behaviour: #33

Work Environment: #1

Basic Access: #10

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

#1 Hawaii

Life Evaluation: #1

Emotional Health: #2

Physical Health: #1

Healthy behaviour: #4

Work Environment: #44

Basic Access: #4

Source: Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. States are ranked from 1-50 where #1 is the top Rank and 50 is the bottom. States are split into quintiles; Green represents the top quintile, blue is second, purple is third, orange is fourth, and red is fifth (bottom). Click here to see how domains are measured.

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

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