Poll ranks states by residents’ well-being
California may not have made Gallup’s list of the Top 10 states for well-being, but the Golden State wasn’t too far off the mark.
The state scored within the higher range (tied with Texas for 17th) of the well-being index (calculated on a scale of 0 to 100), which is based on the World Health Organization’s definition of health—a measure that takes into account mental and social well-being, including work environment and access to basic necessities, in addition to physical health and the absence of disease.
Western and Midwestern states comprised the majority of the top spots, while many Southern states appeared at the bottom of the list. Released last week, the poll was based on the responses of 178,545 people aged 18 and older. Here’s a look at the top 10 best and worst.<style type="text/css"> </style>