Wednesday February 14, 2018 0 comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Colorado placed No. 6 on a list of the happiest states in America.
South Dakota and Vermont tied for the top spot in the Gallup-Sharecare 2017 State of American Well-Being Rankings, released Tuesday. The report measures how Americans feel about their physical health, social connections, finances, community and sense of purpose.
"For those of us who follow this closely over the years, it's not a surprise to see South Dakota and Vermont sharing that perch. They're both historically very high well-being states," said Dan Witters, Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index research director.
According to the report, the top 10 states for overall well-being are:
- South Dakota (tie)
- Vermont (tie)
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
Colorado and Hawaii are the only two states to always make the top 10 since the index began in 2008.
The five states at the bottom of the list are:
- West Virginia
Other findings from the report:
- 2017 was a "challenging" year for U.S. well-being. Compared to 2016, 21 states declined in well-being and none improved in 2017, which was the largest year-over-year decline in the index's history.
- The physical health metrics were fine, but emotional, mental and psychological health worsened, Witters noted.
- Overall, Americans reported more worry and depression, and less interest or pleasure in doing things, the report found.
- Declines happened more among women, blacks and Hispanics, people with low incomes and those who identified themselves as Democrats.
"It is fair to postulate that swapping out the fellow in the White House is playing a role," Witters said. "I think everyone would agree, whether you're a Trump supporter or not, that 2017 was a psychologically tumultuous year for America."
The Gallup-Sharecare 2017 State Well-Being Rankings are based on interviews with more than 160,000 Americans over the past year.