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.