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The healthiest state of them all is...
February 27th, 2012
03:46 PM ET

The healthiest state of them all is...

Aloha. The state with the highest score for “well-being” is Hawaii, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a poll that surveys the physical, mental and emotional health of Americans.

With its fair weather and scenic views, Hawaii led in overall well-being as its residents were most likely to report that they had smiled and/or laughed the day before and had the lowest rates of stress and depression.

They also tended to report better eating and exercise habits, and lower smoking rates.

The poll examined people’s ratings in life evaluation (whether they saw themselves as struggling or thriving), physical health (obesity, number of sick days taken over the month), emotional health (happiness, depression, stress), healthy behaviors (smoking, eating, exercising), work environment (job satisfaction, treatment at work) and basic access (safety in the neighborhood, access to medicine, doctor, health insurance).

The poll surveyed a random sample of 353,492 adults using random-digit-dial sampling during 2011. The maximum margin of sampling error is ±1 percentage point.

Here are the top five states in well-being scores:

1. Hawaii
2. North Dakota
3. Minnesota
4. Alaska
5. Utah

The top five large metropolitan areas for well-being scores were:

1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virginia-Maryland
3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
4. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin
5. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina-South Carolina

Geographically, Western and Midwestern states fared well in health scores while the Southern states usually sat lower. Southern states also tended to have the highest obesity rates.

The top five worst states for well-being scores:

1. West Virginia
2. Kentucky
3. Mississippi
4. Delaware
5. Ohio

If you want to see where your city ranks, check here.


soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Judge Dredd

    Of course Hawaii is going to be the most fit and less stress. But how is the state in the terms of academia or intelligence?

    February 28, 2012 at 07:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Will

      Of course the Professor Dredd would be concerned about academia which is of no value if one does not have health.

      February 28, 2012 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
    • Leon

      Judge Dredd only and always speaks the truth. And he is a professor.. of both crime and punishment.

      February 28, 2012 at 08:47 | Report abuse |
    • Emon

      Massachusetts!

      February 28, 2012 at 08:57 | Report abuse |
    • Publius 13

      If you are dead, insane, or mentally incapacitated, your academic achievements are wallpaper.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:10 | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      Who cares? I like my women slim, trim, hot, tan and dumb as a box of rocks. The last thing I want to do is have "intellegent conversation" with them. Unless it's pillow talk.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      I see nothing wrong with the good Judge's question – has anyone ever heard of Maslow's Hierarchy? (or has academia and intelligence been abandoned in the quest for just making sure everyone is smiling?)

      February 28, 2012 at 09:18 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      What about pixies and fairy dust....

      February 28, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      Only if you hit that Maui Wowie son

      February 28, 2012 at 09:20 | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Lagging well behind the academic juggernauts of West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi, no doubt.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:28 | Report abuse |
    • Kauai Born

      Well Judge Dredd, to answer your question. I probably make more money than you and probably more healthier than you, and I am from Hawaii.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @ Kauai Born working overtime does not mean you "probably make more money" and working on the pineapple fields does not mean you're "probably more healthier".

      February 28, 2012 at 10:22 | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd

      @Kauai Born
      Of course you do, it's the Internet. I am also 6'5" and about 230lbs of pure muscle. I can run the 40 yard dash just over 4 seconds. I also own a yacht that I use in the French Riviera.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:46 | Report abuse |
    • denim

      Are those two attributes associated with happiness?

      February 28, 2012 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
    • Edward in OC Ca.

      I don't get it! I have been to Hawaii 3 times, and all I see is that the locals are mostly overweight. Not to mention the tourists!

      February 28, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      I'm a nurse working in Hawaii. If this is considered the healthiest state in America, we are all in trouble!

      February 28, 2012 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      I don't buy this at all, unless weight and physical health really doesn't factor as much as they say–Hawaiians eat SPAM as an after school snack. The natives are obese. Just not buying it.

      February 28, 2012 at 20:08 | Report abuse |
    • John

      All studies have some bias, and therefore questionable results. This study only questioned people who answered the phone. In my experience most people don't answer the phone, so there is a huge potential for systemic exclusion. Such as people without phones, working folks at work or at home too tired to answer, people too jaded to answer, people who only text message, drunks, homeless, etc.

      February 28, 2012 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
    • David

      Who gives a crap! ... It's Hawaii! ... It's paradise!

      February 28, 2012 at 22:12 | Report abuse |
    • paganguy

      Don't mistake smiles for gas-pains.

      February 28, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    The article is NOT about academia or intelligence.......see how that works?

    February 28, 2012 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RenDoc

      Got a good chuckle out of that response Matt.

      February 28, 2012 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd

      I know that Matt. I am asking about the relation between health and human intelligence. You think the average professional athlete can design a building or write code for say a basic kiosk at a cash register?

      February 28, 2012 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      To Judge Dredd – the only thing a professional athlete cares about at a cash register is if there is a minimum wage chump manning it to take their money OR if a slightly above minimum wage chump programmed it correctly.

      Who's smarter – the man who plays a game for a living and gets paid millions and retires before 40 and have made enough money to take care of the next two generations of their family, or the nerd who programs a cash register and works until they are 70 in the hopes of having enough money saved to live until they die?

      February 28, 2012 at 13:17 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I'd rather be stupid and live long and happy than die early and sad.

      February 28, 2012 at 21:03 | Report abuse |
    • spam

      I"m assuming when they are discussing Hawaii..they are really talking about the overcrowded, too many tourists, island of Oahu

      February 28, 2012 at 21:46 | Report abuse |
    • spam

      and I agree with the Lars and Sarah

      February 28, 2012 at 21:48 | Report abuse |
  3. NT

    Do they have healthcare worries?

    February 28, 2012 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DigitalYukio

      @NT Hawaii state law requires that companies provide must and pay a percentage of the Employee's media insurance. Some of the pacific islanders living in Hawaii has free health care provided by the Federal government. (Something about the US testing Nukes on their islands so they had to leave.)So there is a good chance they are not worried about health care.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      @something fishy. Utah also has some of the lowest alcohol usage in the U.S......Correlation? Yeah, they seek out professional health services instead of boozing there woes away.

      February 28, 2012 at 21:03 | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    This article is horsesh!t. Just last year, Colorado was up top as the healthiest state and now not even in the top 5 in "well-being"?

    February 28, 2012 at 08:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rsf

      Actually there are different studies...this one is self evaluated. Colorado wins in hard data from activity, diet and body fat....

      February 28, 2012 at 08:53 | Report abuse |
    • Walker

      That's because this list took mental healthy into consideration. Judging by your overreaction you are 1 insult away from snapping. Deep breath, take the meds, go to your happy place...

      February 28, 2012 at 08:56 | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      That's because you had to deal with that Tim Tebow horse $h1t bro. That would make anybody want to kill themselves.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:18 | Report abuse |
    • Something's Fishy

      The survey is BS, because it is obvious that a lot of people didn't respond honestly or accurately. Just like you comments about Colorado not being on the list – Utah shouldn't be on the top 5 list for wellness. Utah has more people per capita on antidepressants than any other state – an amazing 1 in 5 women are on antidepressants! So how can it possibly be rated so highly in wellness? The only answer is that people here in Utah lie about it. And it's true – the Deseret News (a Mormon church owned paper) ran a series of articles called "Deadly Taboo" where even the Mormon church acknowledges that Mormons regularly lie about and cover up mental health issues, rather than seek mental health care (this taboo ties directly with Utah's high youth suicide rate as well).

      Utahn's are more physically healthy than most other states, sure. But there is no way they are even remotely close to being in the top 5 for well-being with all the mental health issues that plague people in this state.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:05 | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      People are usually in denial about their health. Not to mention there are healthy people who are always looking to improve themselves so they sound negative like "I have 5 pounds to lose, I don't run enough" and unhealthy people on multiple medications who say yeah "I'm happy and healthy". Asking people about themselves is the worse way to collect data.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:22 | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      @something fishy, They also have some of the lowest alcohol usage in the U.S. ...correlation? Yeah, they seek out professional health services instead of boozing their woes away.

      February 28, 2012 at 21:05 | Report abuse |
    • watup

      @ian they have the least alcohol consumption because it's basically a religious state that has ridiculously restrictive alcohol laws. It would have prohibition if it could.
      @KateSlate Also, they thought about making it illegal for women to have a miscarriage, so yeah. Women are crazy depressed.

      I would give the articles but they aren't CNN so not sure if that is allowed....but google Utah alcohol laws and Utah miscarriage law and you should see the crazy that I'm talking about.
      Beautiful state though!

      February 28, 2012 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  5. rafael

    Judge Dredd: interesting question that raises other issues about another facet of quality of life.
    Matt: thou shalt not discuss anything other than what is printed in the article.

    February 28, 2012 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Nicole

    I would rather be happy and healthy than smart.

    February 28, 2012 at 08:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RenDoc

      Ignorance can be bliss.

      February 28, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse |
    • CTYank

      You're not a Republican presidential wannabe, are you? Just kidding.
      To some, "smarts" are a necessary means for enjoying life. Taking things beyond mud pies, so to speak.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:19 | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      If you were smart, you WOULD be happy and healthy 😉

      February 28, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Without being smart, how can you know what happiness may await? Knowledge allows us to live to our fullest. Without being smart, how would you know how to take care of yourself, and live with lessons learned?
      One should never make a choice between happiness and intelligence. You really can't have one without the other.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:41 | Report abuse |
    • Smartandhelthy

      Folks, there are hard data that suggest that overall, intelligence and education levels are positive predictors of longevity. See, for example, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/DyeHard/story?id=4432346&page=1

      February 29, 2012 at 09:03 | Report abuse |
  7. rafael

    @Joe: if you are any reflection of folks from Colorado, one can see why the state is dropping fast in the rankings. "most likely to report that they had smiled and/or laughed the day before and had the lowest rates of stress"

    February 28, 2012 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A

      He's not. And I'd much rather live in CO than ND, that's for sure.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:35 | Report abuse |
    • Inass

      21:59. I suddenly rerembemed about the sale. I clicked on Buy now and to my utter amazement it led me through to Paypal. Finally I'd done it after missing out for a few seconds the previous times! Proudly I thought I'd become one of the fastest mice in the West (of Europe).

      April 7, 2012 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
  8. Polls_don't_equal_Facts

    If Alaska is the 2nd highest ranked, why is their suicide rate 2x that of the national average?

    February 28, 2012 at 08:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Polls_don't_equal_Facts

      Sorry meant 4th highest ranked

      February 28, 2012 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      Those fools drink alot dude. When you are in a constant state of totally f--UCKE-D up you are pretty mentally well.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:22 | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Alaska is rated at 4th highest in sucide rate because it is per capita. Only 500K people live in Alaska as compared to 20M in New York

      February 28, 2012 at 10:44 | Report abuse |
  9. billy bob

    Alaska in the top 5? Don't they also have the highest suicide rate??

    February 28, 2012 at 08:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • joelle

      well, that means their mentally ill are self-eliminating themselves more efficiently.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:06 | Report abuse |
  10. humtake

    Surprise. If it wasn't for our affinity to lots and lots of greasy, fried foods, Florida would be up there, also. When you live in places that people save lots of money to vacation to, you know you live somewhere special.

    February 28, 2012 at 08:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rick

      Like Disneyland?

      February 28, 2012 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • Publius 13

      Perhaps you forgot about the thousands of very angry, undereducated, obese, heavy-smoking, hard-drinking Tea Party types in the I-4 corridor and on the Redneck Riviera.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:13 | Report abuse |
  11. brian

    San Francisco – Oakland – Fremont. Those aren't even geographically connected areas.

    February 28, 2012 at 09:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. up1652

    Intresting that Hawaii is the worlds largest consumer of Spam...the meat that is.

    February 28, 2012 at 09:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zwei Stein

      And that's why they are so happy and healthy.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Yes, the Hawaiian plate lunch is full of fatty meat, including Spam.

      February 28, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
  13. AtomicAJ

    Charlotte, Gastonia, and Concord are all in North Carolina. Why did the article state "North Carolina-South Carolina?"

    February 28, 2012 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A

      Charlotte's pretty close to the border. Perhaps some of the suburbs that define the metro area spill across the state line?

      February 28, 2012 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
  14. JAMES

    Next time take a look at Oklahoma and San Antonio Tx Metro area. I am surprised they are not top 5.

    February 28, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Lars Babaganoosh

    Who here checked out this article for the chick in the picture?

    February 28, 2012 at 09:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sun Salutation

      Me!

      February 28, 2012 at 09:25 | Report abuse |
  16. trollol

    Louisiana isn't on that list for worst?! HOW CAN THAT BE!

    February 28, 2012 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Someone

    Of course, if you're rich enough to live in Hawaii, your life is probably relatively stress-free whether you actually live there or not. I was there for one year (Navy brat, not rich), and everything there was really expensive. They should take the health score and divide it by income and/or net worth to see which is the healthiest state for the "average" American.

    February 28, 2012 at 09:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DigitalYukio

      I live in Hawaii and consider myself to be an average American. As long as you do not live beyonds your means, Hawaii becoms affordable.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:48 | Report abuse |
    • nwatcher

      ...North Dakota?

      February 28, 2012 at 21:48 | Report abuse |
  18. LostinSLC

    It doesn't surprise me to see Utah on this list, great job

    February 28, 2012 at 09:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Something's Fishy

      I think it's a farce that Utah is in the top 5 for wellness – Utahn's might be more physically healthy, but mental health is worse than many other states in the country. Utah ranks in the bottom 10 for suicides, is #1 for suicides of young males age 18-24, and is #1 in the country for anti-depressant use. It should be impossible for a state that has more depressed people per capita than any other state to rank so high on a wellness scale – unless, of course, they only paid lip service to mental health in this survey.

      February 28, 2012 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
  19. Curious

    Curious. I can understand Hawaii. But Alaska being ANYWHERE near the list, let alone in the top 5, is baffling. High rates of suicide. High rates of alcoholism. High unemployment. A gun on every car seat. Poor access to medical facilities without using an aircraft. I don't believe it.

    February 28, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Pete

    I can't believe someone put North Dakota 2nd behind Hawaii. Maybe (I live in ND) it's because I make $140,000/year, paid $40 thousand for my house, have the roads to myself when I commute to work, pay low taxes, and don't wait in line for anything. Sure wish I was in Hawaii though.

    February 28, 2012 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bakken

      The oil up here does not hurt either; who says money can't buy happiness? We can now AFFORD to go to Hawaii for the winter! (but always come back to ND for the beautiful summer weather; nothing beats pontooning on Lake Sakakawea and catching those pike and walleyes...

      February 28, 2012 at 10:48 | Report abuse |
  21. capnmike

    Well, it sure isn't Virginia...I have never seen such FAT WOMEN in my life...animated tons of blubber waddling around malls slobbering up junk food like crazy. Dunno how some people let themselves become such HOGS.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Dominator

    CNN – always talking smack about the South. Last time I checked North Carolina was in the South and Ohio was in the Midwest (Kentucky and West Virginia are closer to the Midwest than the South.) Buit who really cares?

    February 28, 2012 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Lila

    Healthiest doesn't = well being. The type of data gathered like the residents reported they smiled the day before and had low stress seems odd. Asking people on the phone is a poor way of collecting data, having their actually health data like BMI, stress related diseases etc... is much more accurate. For example a person who weighs 250 with high blood pressure can answer questions like they are happy, less stressed and that they they have healthy habits over a phone vs collecting real data from an insurance company.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Yvette

    What happened to Florida ? It seems to me that although there are many folks here who are senior citizens, the quality of life is still of great importance and value to these people too ! And I, for one, do enjoy the outdoor activities, the sunshine, mild weather and most of all, the active life style ! So - here's to Florida !!! From : a former New Yorker with brains, beauty and the ability to know a good thing when I'm living in it !!

    February 28, 2012 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Ironhouse

    ND no. 2, anyone else shocked by this?

    February 28, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bakken

      Its the oil dude. ND is also the only state in the union with a SURPLUS in the state coffers. Who says money can't buy happiness? We can now AFFORD to go to Hawaii for the winter! (but always come back to ND for the beautiful summer weather; nothing beats pontooning on Lake Sakakawea and catching those walleye and northern pike...

      February 28, 2012 at 10:53 | Report abuse |
  26. Abbey Grabe

    Most Hawaians I know are FAT and lazy and eat a lot of Spam. This must be a flawed study.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DigitalYukio

      The survey referred to the people living in the State of Hawaii, not native Hawaiians.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • I Live Here in "Paradise"

      You one Lolo (stupid).

      February 28, 2012 at 21:14 | Report abuse |
  27. Josh

    Out of where I've been this seems like a good study. I've been to Minneapolis and SF and they're both pretty sweet places. My aunt lives in Charlotte and I like it there. West Virginia completely sucks and there isn't one good thing about it. Ohio isn't much further behind but Columbus is a good city and it's one redeeming quality. The only disagreement I have is Washington D.C. It's insanely crowded and expensive there and it is pretty stressful (not to mention I'm a hockey fan and Ovechkin is a jerk 😛 )

    February 28, 2012 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Rich

    The spam eaters are from down south where they deep fry everything.....just sayin

    February 28, 2012 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Rich

    Chris Cristy kinda looks like he is trying to get NJ on the spam eaters list....

    February 28, 2012 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. hoobie

    healthiest state? for most posters' here seems to be denial.

    February 28, 2012 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      Quite possibly g4yest joke ever.

      February 28, 2012 at 14:48 | Report abuse |
  31. Edward in OC Ca.

    Been to Hawaii 3 times – The locals are mostly overweight, and also most of te tourists! What's up with that!

    February 28, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Natalie in MN

    Aren't all the "unhealthy" states red states? Very interesting, but not surprising. It's got to be hard to vote GOP and feel a sense of well-being.

    February 28, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. qularknoo

    an interesting finding ... as a pharmacist that has worked east coast, west coast, Hawaii, Asia and in four of the world's largest metropolitan areas ... the percentage of prescriptions filled for "mental health" medications is anecdotally significantly higher in Hawaii than any other place I have worked.

    February 28, 2012 at 18:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Disagree

    I just moved to the Denver area from San Jose/Sunnyvale and have to say, this place is WAY more upbeat, lively, happy and active than SJ was.

    February 28, 2012 at 20:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. StMike

    Utah is one of the most polluted states in the country!!! Three of its cities are in the top 10 polluted cities in the country. If Utah is the fifth in well-being, it has to be because of the religion which isn't saying a whole lot!!!!!!!!!!!! BaaaaaaaH

    February 28, 2012 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. I Live Here in "Paradise"

    Okay- Yeah, there's a lot of happy people . There's also the downside: Meth epidemic, the cost of living stressing people
    causing high domestic abuse rates, traffic on a merry go round of a little island, racism in the weirdest ways ( I'll get to that
    in a sec.) ... oh, let me get to it now: If you live here long enough, you'll meet and interact with every kind of culture and
    ethnic group that will destroy your stereotypes. You'll meet supreme racist jerks of every color as well as the greatest
    people of every color. So, it's an incredible working experiment in a century plus of "Multiculturalism ( I hesitated to use
    that word as it's been dragged through the political mud." Sometimes, it's not only like another country, it's like another
    planet. I was born here and I choose to die here (been all over the world).

    I gotta go talk my depressed friend out of jumping off a coconut tree.

    February 28, 2012 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Steve

    ROFL Of course its Hawaii, how many Mexicans are there in Hawaii? How many Illegal Immigrants? ROFL.

    February 28, 2012 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fj

      places like mississippi were dumps long before the mexicans arrived.

      February 28, 2012 at 23:02 | Report abuse |
  38. sleeex

    ever been to Hawaii? Lots of rich people here thanks to Lost and Hawaii 5-0, wish they would stop showing how beautiful it is here lol. Went to Maui two months ago, it's nothing but white people haha, same w/ Kona

    I would say the ave high school graduate is about as smart as the ave american public school grad, meaning not very. but this place does attract the rich and successful also. but if brown people and asian people make you nervous, just stay away... its better for us`

    February 28, 2012 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. sleeex

    also, those who say everyone is fat are just armchair travellers. Overall people are smaller and skinnier than anywhere else i've been in America. it's the asian influence. oh yeah the polynesians are bigger and tend to eat a lot, but overall no. Another secret is the water and air. Our drinking water comes from 1000' deep in the mountains. No industry to speak of, so no run off. Then there's the great air quality since no land for 2500-3500 miles in any direction. Those are secrets to health, and year round warm weather. The happiness part is from the mana

    February 28, 2012 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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  40. kateslate

    Utah sooooo does not belong on the list. Check into how many housewives are addicted to narcotics and how doctors over-prescribe. It is shocking. Honestly! Do it! There are thousands upon thousands of legal drug addicts in Utah.

    February 28, 2012 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Arizona Sunrise

      kateslate and something's fishy are dead on. I know this for an absolute fact. Utah has (and has had for over twenty years) the highest rate of prescription drug use per capita of all women in the United States. If it's prescribed by physicians (male orientation towards health care) and it shuts you up and makes you 'happy' with your life, then Mormon women can take it. And take it, they do. Frankly, I don't blame them. I lived and operated an integrative health care business (feminine orientation to health care) in Utah. These women, once they knew they could trust me, even though I was an outsider as a non-LDS (non-Mormon), shared their hearts out with me. As part of my intake, I would ask them what medications they were on. Even college professors (female) would say to me "Oh, I don't take any medications. " And then a moment later, as an afterthought, they would say, "Oh, except Prozac." like it was some kind of hand lotion... This is a serious issue. But as we used to say when I lived there, "This isn't the United States. This is Utah."

      February 28, 2012 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  41. MNFresh

    Interesting to see that three of the top five are the coldest and snowiest states in the country.

    February 28, 2012 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Scott

    No surprise Kentucky is in the 5 loony states. I lived there 21 years and the good majority of those people are hateful, bitter, "gimme gimme welfare" types and they get into pedophilia/pedophile enabling, stalking and all kinds of other illegal behavior that would get them thrown in jail in a NORMAL state.

    February 28, 2012 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fj

      wow the majority of kentuckians are into pedophilia and stalking. thanks for insightful information. i will never move there based upon your sage wisdom.

      February 28, 2012 at 23:00 | Report abuse |
  43. fj

    what is wrong with delaware?

    February 28, 2012 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
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  44. MashaSobaka

    For people concerned about academia, education, and intelligence, please observe that the Bay Area (San Jose, San Francisco, and their surroundings) scored first and third for the large metropolitan areas. I know that the right-wing crazies don't like to admit it, but there's a high concentration of highly educated people living there. I should know: I live among them. Yea, Berkeley.

    February 28, 2012 at 23:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sonic10158

      Right-wing =/= dumb. Sure, there are plenty of dumb right-wingers, but I personally know some well educated non-crazy right- wingers. Party politcs has nothing to do with how smart you are.

      February 29, 2012 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
  45. HITXCO

    Just my own personal experience... I split my time pretty equally among three states– Texas, Colorado, & Hawai'i– and I can tell you for fact that I eat better in Hawai'i, I exercise more in Hawai'i, my stress level drops dramatically in Hawai'i, and all in all I just flat out feel better when in Hawai'i. I like Colorado & Texas too, but I truly do feel healthier & better while in Hawai'i. So, who knows, maybe there really is some truth to this article...

    February 29, 2012 at 00:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • A

      I wonder which part of CO you frequent? I've been living here for a few years and the people are extremely fit, active, and conscious about their food choices. I can't comment about stress (thought I find hiking in CO extremely stress relieving) but I'm surprised you wouldn't eat very well and exercise a lot in CO too.

      February 29, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  46. truth

    hawaii has the best medical care in terms of QUALITY in the US. Interestingly, it has one of the worst medical schools in the US. lol

    February 29, 2012 at 00:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Sonic10158

    I'm not surprised Hawaii is the healthiest state. The place is wonderful to go outside and exersize. In the south (I used to live in Mississippi [moved away when I was 7]) it is too humid in the summer and too stormy in the winter to do either of those, along with the fact that southern cuisine is not healthy at all.

    February 29, 2012 at 01:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. James

    Hey, don't believe this article. We don't want any more riff raff from the mainland. It's better that you stay in your trailer houses.

    February 29, 2012 at 01:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. LORD TOM CRUISE

    that's because most hawains are on meth

    February 29, 2012 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. freelivingsoul

    we could all live to be well into our 100's http://www.freelivingsoul.com for some great videos on the subject of aging.

    February 29, 2012 at 02:28 | Report abuse | Reply
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