Every year for the past nine years, research giant Gallup and wellness provider Healthways have partnered up to gather data on the health and happiness of thousands of people living in each of the 50 states. And almost every year, one state has prevailed and taken the title of happiest and healthiest.
This year, the people behind the 2016 Gallup-Healthways State Well-Being Index interviewed more than 177,000 people on how they feel about their physical health, sense of community, financial security, social connections, and sense of purpose. The results: Hawaii took home the "Happiest and Healthiest State" title for the sixth time since the annual report was started.
Gallup and Healthways announce 2016 State Well-Being Rankings - where does your state rank? https://t.co/lGhFNGSmI3 @WellBeing_Index pic.twitter.com/gC1BEVQ5N7— Healthways (@Healthways) February 1, 2017
With low obesity rates and little daily stress (and, you know, a scenic backdrop and plenty o' sunlight), Hawaiians seem to be living their best lives — and the people of Alaska, South Dakota, Maine, and Colorado are all close behind. Read: You're going to want to consider moving — or at least traveling to — these healthy 'n' happy destinations ASAP.
And now, without further ado, here's a look at how the states stacked up in this year's State Well-Being Index:
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia