Poll: Ohio and Kentucky among least happy states in U.S.

Poll: Ohio and Kentucky among least happy states in U.S.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ohio and Kentucky are ranked in the bottom states for overall well-being in the country.

According to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index report, Kentucky has been the second lowest well-being state in the country for seven straight years.

Ohio ranks third-lowest for overall health and well-being.

Gallup used five measurements to come up with a "Well-Being Index" for each state:

  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

West Virginians have the lowest well-being in the nation. On the opposite end of the list, Hawaii and Alaska claim the top spot for well-being, health and happiness.

The results came from telephone interviews conducted throughout 2015.

Overall, well-being across the U.S. has shown little improvement since 2008, the poll shows. Positive trends include decline in the smoking rate, an increase in reported exercise and a decline in the uninsured rate.

Gallup notes that not all trends have pointed in the positive direction. Obesity in the U.S. has continued to climb, reaching a new high mark last year.

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