The lowest state on Gallup's index (for the 10th year in a row) was West Virginia, with a score of 57, which finished last in the rankings for career and community happiness, as well as physical health.
Here are the top 10 happiest and healthiest states and their corresponding scores (out of 100) on Gallup's National Health and Well-Being Index.
1. Hawaii (64.6)
2. Wyoming (64.2)
3. Alaska (63.9)
4. Montana (63.5)
5. Utah (63.4)
6. Colorado (63.4)
7. Vermont (63.3)
8. Delaware (62.9)
9. South Dakota (62.7)
10. North Dakota (62.7)
Unfortunately, Gallup noted that the country's overall well-being score declined in 2018 to 61.2 from a score of 61.5 the previous year. Gallup cites "an erosion in social and career well-being" in the US as the cause of the year-to-year decline.
According to Gallup, higher levels of well-being in any region can help boost local businesses, because well-being is tied to improved workplace performance and employee engagement.
These are the 10 happiest (and least happy) states in America
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