LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentuckians might be some of the 'bluest' people in the country, according to a national survey ... and we're not talking about the Bluegrass or the Big Blue Nation.
Kentucky ranked 49th out of 50 states in Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index for 2012. The state didn't budge from its rank in 2011, though the only state it continues to surpass in "well-being" is West Virginia.
The research and analysis was based on six indexes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.
Kentucky ranked the worst at 50th for Healthy Behavior, and 49th for Life Evaluation, Physical Health, and Emotional Health.
The Commonwealth's place in the rankings improved for Work Environment, because enough Kentuckians feel happy in their jobs for the state to rank 31st.
It also did well enough on the Basic Access index to reach 38th place.
The data breaks down into six areas around the state. Lexington-Fayette fares the best in the city level well-being survey, ranking 79th out of 189 metropolitan areas around the country.
Huntington-Ashland brings up the very rear of the rankings at 188th.
The data for the study was gathered through surveys of more than 1.5 million Americans.
All of the available numbers for Kentucky, and for the rest of the United States, can be found at the links below.
Here are the 1 through 50 rankings of each state.
8. New Hampshire
12. South Dakota
19. North Dakota
25. New Mexico
30. New York
32. New Jersey
35. North Carolina
37. Rhode Island
40. South Carolina
50. West Virginia