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We're #5, hey! We're #5, hey!

Minnesota has been ranked as the fifth-best in the country for "well being" says a new Gallup announcement.

"Americans in Hawaii continued to set the national standard in wellbeing in the first half of 2011, followed closely by North Dakota. West Virginia and Kentucky maintained their status as the states with the lowest well being," the announcement says.

The rankings "examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities."

A total of 177,000 adults were interviewed.

"The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 would represent ideal well being," writes Gallup author Dan Witters. Minnesota scored 68.3 (tied with Colorado), Nebraska 68.4, Alaska 69.4, North Dakota 70.5 and Hawaii 71.1.

Southern states struggle, according to Gallup. 

The West Coast and Midwest come out much better.

I note that the index was begun in 2008, so perhaps we need to wait a few more years before trend data becomes reliable. But it's still interesting to take a look. Sampling error was + or - .2 percent.

(Thanks to Post-Bulletin editor Mike Dougherty, who alerted me via Twitter to this story.)

Pulse on Health
By Jeff Hansel, member Association of Health Care Journalists
Health Reporter for the, 18 1st Ave. S.E. in Rochester, Minnesota 55904 
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