Kentucky falls to bottom of national Well-Being Index

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.

1. Hawaii
2. Colorado
3. Minnesota
4. Utah
5. Vermont
6. Montana
7. Nebraska
8. New Hampshire
9. Iowa
10. Massachusetts
11. Maryland
12. South Dakota
13. Wyoming
14. Virginia
15. Washington
16. Connecticut
17. Kansas
18. California
19. North Dakota
20. Wisconsin
21. Maine
22. Idaho
23. Arizona
24. Oregon
25. New Mexico
26. Delaware
27. Texas
28. Illinois
29. Pennsylvania
30. New York
31. Alaska
32. New Jersey
33. Georgia
34. Florida
35. North Carolina
36. Michigan
37. Rhode Island
38. Missouri
39. Nevada
40. South Carolina
41. Oklahoma
42. Indiana
43. Louisiana
44. Ohio
45. Alabama
46. Arkansas
47. Tennessee
48. Mississippi
49. Kentucky
50. West Virginia

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