Ohio Takes a Low Spot on Well-Being Index

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According to our rough estimate, it’s been about 6.7 days since Cleveland or Ohio were last slapped onto some ranking list. We know you’re probably feeling a little skittish having gone that long without a random web site crunching number through a specious quantitative process to evaluate how your geographic locale (and therefore value as a human being) stocks up against the rest of the country. Fret no more:

Yahoo today is reporting on the findings of a telephone study conducted by the Gallup-Healthyways Well-Being Index in 2010. The study included cold-calls to 352,840 people across the country and included a laundry list of survey questions that supposedly determine an individual’s well-being. The results were complied into a final well-being score out of 100 points.

Hawaii (as this former Northeast Ohioan could tell you) tops the list in well-being with score of 71.0. Ohio, however, didn’t make the top ten. Actually, the Buckeye state is in the bottom ten: 46 out of 51, with a score of 63.8.

The full lists of top and bottom ten are below. Check it out. As people who sit and stare at these lists all day long, this one is a head-scratcher. The usual factors don’t seem to apply. For one thing, it looks like we can’t blame the winter weather on this. The top ten is filled up with snow-bound states, including Wyoming, Alaska and Minnesota. Professional sports success also seems to be a non-factor — only three of the top ten have pro teams. And Florida and California — longtime favorites on both best and worst lists, are no where to be found.

The top 10 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points)
1. Hawaii: 71.0
2. Wyoming: 69.2
3. North Dakota: 68.4
4. Alaska: 68.3
5. Colorado: 68.0
6. Minnesota: 68.0
7. South Dakota: 68.0
8. Utah: 67.9
9. Connecticut: 67.9
10. Nebraska: 67.8
11. Massachusetts: 67.8

The bottom 10 states
51. West Virginia: 61.7
50. Kentucky: 61.9
49. Mississippi: 63.0
48. Arkansas: 63.7
47. Alabama: 63.7
46. Ohio: 63.8
45. Delaware: 64.2
44. Nevada: 64.2
43. Louisiana: 64.3
42. Michigan: 64.6

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