Well-Being index: Alaskans now happiest, W.V. comes in last

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Well-Being Index: Alaskans Are Now Happier Than Hawaiians


It's cold, it's closer to Canada than the U.S. and it's ...really cold.

Maybe the secret to a happy life is the cold? If you live in Alaska, you're living the American dream, apparently. And you're really happy about it.

The Last Frontier state was deemed the happiest in America by the 2014 State Well-Being ranking put out by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index this year.

The index included more than two million surveys and looked at things like a sense of purpose, supportive relationships and good health to determine a state's happiness ranking. It has put out a list the last seven years.

Top ten states with highest well-being scores in 2014:

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10. Texas - 62.8

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9. New Mexico - 62.8

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8. Utah - 62.9

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7. Nebraska - 63.1

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6. Colorado - 63.2

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5. Montana -63.7

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4. Wyoming - 63.9

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3. South Dakota - 64.3

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2. Hawaii - 64.5

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1. Alaska - 64.7

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Hawaii held the top spot from 2009-2012. This year, it came in second. It's the first time Alaska has been in the first spot. South Dakota came in at number three.

And even if they didn't make the top three, other states were eager to tell viewers where their state fell. Various newscasters reported about the status of their state.

Hawaii and Colorado have both been in the top 10 since 2008.

Kentucky and West Virginia were at the bottom of the list, and have been for six years.


Bottom 10 states with lowest well-being scores in 2014:

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10. Missouri - 60.8

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9. Michigan - 60.7

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8. Arkansas - 60.7

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7. Tennessee - 60.6

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6. Alabama - 60.3

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5. Mississippi - 60.2

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4. Ohio - 60.1

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3. Indiana - 60.0

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2. Kentucky - 59.8

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1. West Virginia - 59.0

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For a full list of rankings and to see where your state came in, visit Gall Up's website.

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