Hawaii is No. 1 for well-being in US

Residents of Hawaii had the highest well-being of any state in the U.S. in 2015, according to a recent Gallup and Healthways poll.

2015 marks the fifth year Hawaii held the top spot since Gallup and Healthways first starting tracking well-being in 2008. Hawaii and Colorado are the only two states that have made the list of the 10 highest well-being states each year of the poll.

Here are the 10 states with the highest well-being in 2015.

No. 1 — Hawaii

No. 2 — Alaska

No. 3 — Montana

No. 4 — Colorado

No. 5 — Wyoming

No. 6 — South Dakota

No. 7 — Minnesota

No. 8 — Utah

No. 9 — Arizona

No. 10 — California


Here are the 10 states with the lowest well-being in 2015.

No. 50 — Idaho

No. 49 — Tennessee

No. 48 — Nevada

No. 47 — Michigan

No. 46 — New York

No. 45 — Georgia

No. 44 — Louisiana

No. 43 — Mississippi

No. 42 — Arkansas

No. 41 — Missouri

The state-level data are based on more than 177,000 interviews with U.S. adults across all 50 states, conducted from January to December 2015. To determine the order of states by well-being, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score comprises metrics affecting overall well-being and each of its five essential elements, according to Gallup:

  • Purpose: 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

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