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Utah is getting worse, according to well-being index

First Published      Last Updated Feb 24 2014 07:17 pm

Utah is getting worse.

In 2012, Utah was the fourth-best state for well-being. But in 2013 it fell all the way down to number 12. Ugh.

Those numbers come from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which is based on 178,000 interviews conducted across the nation. The index was first complied in 2008 and is determined according to 55 measures of well-being.

Utah has typically done well in the index. In 2008, the Beehive State took the very top spot. By 2010, Utah dropped to number 10 before rebounding over the last couple of years. This year's ranking is Utah's lowest-ever showing on the index.

The report breaks down the states' rankings into five general categories and Utah did particularly well in "life evaluation," and "basic access." The state's lowest scores were in the "emotional health" and "physical health" categories. In an introduction, the authors of the index single Utah out as having the fewest smokers in the U.S.

The top five states for well-being in 2013 were, in order, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Montana. The bottom five, starting at the lowest, were West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio. Utah came in just after New Hampshire and just above Massachusetts.

Here's the full list:

1. North Dakota

2. South Dakota

3. Nebraska

4. Minnesota

5. Montana

6. Vermont

7. Colorado

8. Hawaii

9. Washington

10. Iowa

11. New Hampshire

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