The most miserable states in the United States have been named by a comprehensive Gallup study, according to Yahoo! News on Tuesday. The study singles out the most miserable states of the fifty based on the survey responses of some 176,000 respondents who were asked a wide range of questions about their well-being – or lack, thereof – in their current residence.
Unfortunately, the survey finds that well-being among Americans has not improved in the past six years. In fact, last year, well-being among Americans declined.
If you know which state has been the most miserable state in the union for the past four years, you also can figure out which state is the most miserable this year, too – because the most miserable state of the fifty has held that dubious distinction for the fifth consecutive year now.
The characteristics that put states low on the well-being list – or most miserable list – included states where residents are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles as well as states where residents have limited basic necessities. Both of those characteristics, naturally, tie into Americans’ emotional and physical health.
The low-ranking states are most likely to have residents with health problems which include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Overall, residents of the states that scored poorly on the well-being survey do not believe they are thriving in current times.
The Most Miserable States in the United States
- West Virginia
The southern states get hit pretty hard on this survey. The worst state by the data is West Virginia. West Virginia has a well-being index score of only 61.4. The life expectancy there is 75.4 years. Additionally, the state has a 34.4 percent of obesity among its citizens.