Gallup released their annual 'National Health and Well-Being Index' and it doesn't look good for Indiana.

We'll explain how Gallup comes up with these numbers below the lists of the 10 most happy and least happy states.

Most Happy States

1 Hawaii
2 Wyoming
3 Alaska
4 Montana
5 Utah
6 Colorado
7 Vermont
8 Delaware
9 North Dakota
10 South Dakota
Least Happy States

1 West Virginia
2 Arkansas
3 Kentucky
4 Mississippi
5 Tennessee
6 Oklahoma
7 Alabama
8 Louisiana
9 Illinois
10 Indiana

Here's how this whole thing breaks down according to,

These state-level data are based on more than 115,000 surveys with U.S. adults across all 50 states, conducted in all 12 months of 2018. The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest possible wellbeing and 100 represents the highest possible wellbeing. The Well-Being Index score for the nation and for each state comprises metrics affecting overall wellbeing and each of the five essential elements of wellbeing:

  • Career: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily


Now you now how they come up with the numbers, let's take a close look at Indiana's numbers before we show you the whole list.

Indiana fell in the bottom 10 states (#41 out of 50.)  Breaking those numbers down into the 5 categories listed above shows that physical health social problems seem to be issues in the Hoosier state.

  • Career:  #31
  • Social:  #41
  • Financial:  #30
  • Community: #33
  • Physical:  #44

Where the scores don't look great for Indiana.  It's a mixed bag for its surrounding states.  (Overall state rank below)

Michigan:  #33
Ohio:  #38
Indiana:  #41
Illinois:  #42
Kentucky:  #48

Other interesting highlights:

This is the 7th straight year Hawaii is named the happiest state.

This is the 10th straight year West Virginia is the least happy state.

See all 50 states ranked on the full list by clicking here.




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