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WA State Ranks in Top 10 For Highest Well-Being

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A new Gallup poll ranks Washington State in the top ten states for having the highest well-being, and 2013 seemed to a good year for our state. A new Gallup poll ranks Washington State in the top ten states for having the highest well-being, and 2013 seemed to a good year for our state.

NBCRightNow.com - A new Gallup poll ranks Washington State in the top ten states for having the highest well-being, and 2013 seemed to a good year for our state.

Washington ranked number nine when it comes to overall well-being.  According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, our state jumped up from number 15 in 2012, putting The Evergreen State in the top quintile for overall well-being, which is the top 20% for the country.

This is the sixth year Gallup conducted the poll and interviewed more than 178,000 people across the country, and this sample represents 95% of households in the United States.

Washington State also got an over-all score of 68.3 out of 100, which breaks well-being into several factors including physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment and access to necessities.

Oregon did not do so well this year; they went down to number 25 from 24 in 2012.

North Dakota and South Dakota ranked the highest getting the top two spots. Kentucky and West Virginia ranked the lowest putting them in the bottom two.

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