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North Dakota Named Happiest State
Post Date: Feb 21 2014

From New York Daily
	WATFORD CITY, ND - JULY 30: An oil drilling rig is seen in an aerial view in the early morning hours of July 30, 2013 near Watford City, North Dakota. The state has seen a boom in oil production thanks to new drilling techniques including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


The sun sets near an oil rig in Watford City, North Dakota. The state was named the happiest in the U.S.
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Life is good in the Dakotas, according to the latest Gallup research. But once again, West Virginia ranked last on the annual well-being index. Factors considered in the poll include residents' health, social life, access to food and shelter, etc.

Is it just coincidence that the happiest state in the U.S. is the leading producer of sunflowers in the country? And is home to an International Peace Garden located on the U.S. and Canadian border? Perhaps not.

According to the latest edition of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released this week, residents of North Dakota are the happiest and most well-adjusted Americans in the country.

After conducting more than 178,000 interviews between January to December 2013, evaluating everything from emotional health, work environment, physical health, social life and access to necessities like food, shelter and healthcare, analysts came up with a ranking of the happiest states in the country.

A look at the top 10 list also shows that odds of being happy are higher for those living in the Midwest -- after North Dakota comes South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.

At the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, lies West Virginia, which comes in last.

Here are the top 10 states on the well-being index:

1. North Dakota

2. South Dakota

3. Nebraska

4. Minnesota

5. Montana

6. Vermont

7. Colorado

8. Hawaii

9. Washington

10. Iowa

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