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slides: NEW: How Happy Is Rhode Island—Latest Gallup Well-Being Index

Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Rhode Island may need an attitude adjustment, according to the latest Well-Being Index numbers from Gallup-Healthways. The state's latest ranking for happiness is #37 in the nation, a drop of 2 spots from last year's ranking. And that ranking was a drop from the year before.

To quantify happiness, the Well-Being Index is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment, and basic access to necessities crucial to high well-being, including clean water, medicine, safe places to exercise, as well as access to doctors, health insurance, and enough money for food, shelter, and healthcare. The state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December 2012, including interviews with more than 350,000 Americans nationwide and at least 1,000 residents in each state except Alaska and Hawaii.

The country's happiest state? Hawaii, for the 4th year in a row. Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, and Vermont rounded out the top 5 states with the highest wellbeing scores.

To see how Rhode Island and the capital, Providence, have fared in other recent health-related rankings, see below.


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