Sad news: Hawaii is no longer the happiest place in the country

Sad news: Hawaii is no longer the happiest place in the country

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is no longer considered the happiest and healthiest state in the country.

Two years ago Hawaii was the happiest state with a well-being index score of 65.2 and was leading the nation in financial, community and physical well-being, according to the Gallup State Well-Being Rankings.

In 2017 however, South Dakota and Vermont tied for the top spot with rankings of 64.1 to Hawaii's 63.4.

While Hawaii was knocked down in the ranking a few pegs, it's still one of only two states to be in the top ten every year, and the only state to rank in the top 10 in all well-being categories last year.

The country as a whole dropped in its happiness index from 62.1 to 61.5 — the biggest drop since the poll began in 2008. None of the states improved in well-being last year, another first for the index.

For the ninth year in a row, West Virginia has ranked worst in health, happiness and well-being in the country, with a 'happiness score' of 58.8.

The Gallup State Health and Well-Being index measures well-being based on purpose, social satisfaction, community perception and physical health.

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