Someone call Hawaii Five-0…

It is always nice when North Dakota is noted as being number one for something positive.  We have been on some top ten lists that we are not proud of – such as underage drinking, binge drinking, more bars per capita, highest apartment rental costs, largest condoms, etc.  I cringe when we claw our way to the top of those lists.

But now North Dakota is on the top of the Gallup poll well-being list.  With a score of 70.4 out of 100, North Dakota bounced Hawaii out of its longstanding number one position.  Go ahead, pick your jaw up off the floor – North Dakota trumped Hawaii.  Someone call Hawaii Five-0 and alert them.

According to Gallup, “State rankings come from surveys of more than 176,000 Americans, including some from every state; the organization has released results annually since 2008. Survey participants answer questions about six measures of well-being: life evaluation (how people feel they’re doing currently, and how they expect to do in five years); emotional health (how many positive and negative emotions they experienced in the past day); work environment (how happy they are at work and with their relationship with their bosses); physical health (including obesity and illnesses); healthy behaviors (how well people eat and how often they exercise); and basic access to food, shelter, clean water and medical care.”

Well-Being: Top 10 States in 2013








States With the Highest and Lowest Scores on the Well-Being Sub-Indexes









I am going to Hawaii in August.  I thought that my well-being would be enhanced by such a trip, but apparently I have that wrong.  It is living in North Dakota that produces the best well-being in the country.  I do not need to go anywhere except out the front door – go figure.

It just goes to show you – there’s no place like home. 😉

Day one thousand three hundred and twenty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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