Quality of Life Across America

A recent New York Times article discusses the findings of a 3-year Gallup survey, which sought to measure the quality of life across America by surveying Americans about their emotion status, work satisfaction, eating habits, illnesses, stress levels, etc. Using the responses, Gallup determined a numerical value to measure quality of life, the "Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index." The above map from the article shows the results by US congressional district. Some areas with the highest well-being indexes included Hawaii, with an index of 71, and parts of southern Texas, which were as high as 70. Some states with the lowest well-being indexes included Kentucky, with well-being indexes as low as 58, and West Virginia, with well-being indexes as low as 59. According to Gallup, based on their results, the "happiest"person in the US would be tall, male, Asian-American, at least 65, an observant Jew, run his own business and have a household income of over $120,000 a year.
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