slides: NEW: How Happy Is Rhode Island—Latest Gallup Well-Being Index
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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.
- Rhode Island’s Sexual Health Worst In New England—New Ranking
- 12 Biggest Healthcare Stories in RI in 2012
- 13 Ways To Be Healthier in RI in 2013
- Adult Entertainment Workers’ Health Needs—RI Hospital Study
- Twitter Overrated for Helping Us Stay Healthy—RI Hospital Expert
- NEW: Rhode Island Named #10 Healthiest State in US