Data Dive: States of Happiness :) America’s well being

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The latest Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index released this week once again placed West Virginia last among all 50 states. The rankings are determined by each state’s relative position within six “domains” that the survey measures. Click here for the definitions.

Use this map to see which states are happiest:

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Life Evaluation: Evaluates a person’s present life situation with their anticipated situation in five years.

Emotional Health: Asks respondents to think about how they feel along nine different dimensions.

Work Environment: Gauges how respondents feel about their employment environment.

Physical Health: Surveys body mass index, disease history, sick days and other health-related subjects.

Healthy Behavior: Measures life style habits related to health outcomes.

Basic Access: Measures 13 different items related to the respondents’ access to food, shelter, healthcare and environmental satisfaction.

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