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Report: Kentucky Lags In Happiness

WASHINGTON (AP) - A survey of Americans' well-being gives high marks to Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming, all of which offer plenty of outdoor recreation.

But fun outdoors wasn't the only criteria. "Wild, Wonderful" West Virginia ranks last among the states in the survey and Kentucky was 49th.

The survey was conducted by Gallup in partnership with Healthways and America's Health Insurance Plans. It rated such variables as mental, physical and economic health.

In general, highest well-being scores came from western states. The lowest were concentrated in the South.

Rep. Hal Rogers' district in eastern Kentucky's coal country and New York Rep. Jose Serrano's district, which includes the distressed neighborhood of the South Bronx, had the lowest well-being scores.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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