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How Happy Is Your State?

By March 8, 2011

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Do you live in a "happy" state? And just what would that mean, anyway?

To find out, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index conducted a survey of a random sample of 352,840 adults over 2010.

The Index looked at six categories of well-being, including life evaluation (self-evaluation about your present life situation and anticipated one in five years), emotional health, work environment (such as job satisfaction), physical health, healthy behavior, and basic access (access to health care, a doctor, a safe place to exercise and walk, as well as community satisfaction), according to areport yesterday from LiveScience.

The happiest state? Hawaii, with a score of 71.0 out of 100. West Virginia came in last place with a score of 61.7. Consult the full list to see how your state fared.

If you're looking to relocate and are open to suggestions, would this type of survey affect your decision?

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