THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!
I know, I know, you thought the happiest place on earth was Disneyland. Turns out that's not the case. Utah has stolen that coveted title away from Mickey and Minnie! Who knew it could be done?
The Gallup organization and Healthways, a disease management firm, released results of a poll earlier this week which reveals their rankings, by state, of who indeed has the happiest residents. Utah came out on top! Residents of the Beehive State claim the highest satisfaction in such areas as work environment, local communities, and emotional health. Other areas that were measured included life satisfaction, work quality, healthy behavior, physical health, emotional health and basic access to necessities like food and shelter. The poll was conducted over a one year period.
Utah was followed by Hawaii and then Wyoming. The bottom states included West Virginia, Michigan and Ohio. Some have speculated that one of the major factors influencing this poll is the unemployment rate. Utah still claims the lowest unemployment rate at 4.6%. The national average is now at 7.6%. It is also interesting to note that the median income in the top three states is $50,000 - $62,000. Median income in the bottom three states is $36,000 - $40,000. Undoubtedly these numbers could affect the average residents' outlook.
According to Healthways the purpose of the study was to measure quality of life outside the typical measures which included life expectancy and poverty rates.
Congratulations Utah on making the top of yet another list!
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