Utah Tops Survey of Well-Being in U.S.
Hawaii and Wyoming Residents Also Say They're Happy; West Virginia Ranks Last
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People also were asked about general levels of life satisfaction, whether
they were "able to use their strengths at work, about food, and
shelter," Harter says.
William Custer, director of the Center for Health Services Research at
Georgia State University, who tracks health conditions nationwide, says Utah is
"a healthy state and that may affect their top ranking."
But Utah residents, according to Georgia State University data, have low
access to health care relative to people in most states "because they are
so rural," Custer tells WebMD.
Gallup says on its web site that the rankings should be used to evaluate the
nation's relative health and prosperity, as well as feelings of well-being.
"This project will shine a light on often overlooked issues affecting
the American people, including disparities in access to care and barriers to
healthy lifestyles," Karen Ignagni, president and chief executive of
America's Health Insurance Plans, says in a news release.
Marlow, whose native state of Georgia ranks 23rd on the well-being scale,
says his only mistake was "not moving out here a long time ago. It's a real
good place to spend my senior years."
Pam Perlich, an economist at the University of Utah who moved to Salt Lake
City from Tulsa, Okla., in 1986, also gushes about the state.
"The quality of life is wonderful," she says. "I am every day
struck with the beauty of the place."
And Rob Jones, manager of the university's outdoor recreation program who
moved to Salt Lake City 17 years ago from northern California, says he wouldn't
live anywhere else. "It's gorgeous, we have wonderful medical centers, and
my job is a good gig to have."
State-by-State Well-Being Rankings
Here are well-being rankings for the U.S.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- North Dakota
- North Carolina
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia