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New Hampshire ranks high on annual well-being index

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 29, 2012 07:42 AM

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According to the recently-released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, New Hampshire was among the happiest states in America last year, the only New England state to land in the top 10. Hawaii finished first in the survey with a score of 70.2.

The Granite State was ninth overall with its score of 68.2, just ahead of Vermont (67.7) and Massachusetts (67.4), which were also included among the higher-range states. With a score of 67.2, Connecticut finished mid-range for well-being, as did Maine (66.7), but Rhode Island's 65.6 score landed the Ocean State in the lower range of the survey, and just out of the bottom 10 states, where Nevada landed at No. 10 with a score of 65.0. West Virginia's 62.3 placed it dead-last.

Overall, the score for the nation was 66.2 in 2011, down from 66.8 in 2010. It was the lowest score Gallup and Healthways have recorded since tracking began in 2008. Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey with a random sample of 353,492 adults.

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