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Older Americans Happiest in Hawaii, Gallup Says

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A man walks along Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu early Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (Audrey McAvoy/AP Photo)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 02:18 PM

Older Americans are the happiest in Hawaii for the second straight year, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Tuesday.

The index scores for overall well-being elements relating areas of being motivated to achieve goals (purpose); having supportive relationships (social); managing economic life and reducing stress (financial); feeling safe, enjoying where you live (community); and having good health and energy (physical), according to Gallup.

The state data was based on more than 115,000 interviews with adults in all 50 states, conducted from Jan. 2, 2015, through March 31, 2016. The Well-Being Index calculated the responses on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest possible well-being and 100 represents the highest possible well-being, Gallup noted.

Hawaii's overall well-being score of 67.0 topped all the states followed by a three-way tie for second between Arizona, New Hampshire, and North Dakota with 65.2. Colorado rounded out the top five with a score of 65.1.

"Hawaii holds the highest well-being of older residents in three of the five elements: purpose, community and physical well-being," according to a Gallup statement about the index survey. "Older residents of Arizona, South Carolina and Florida report the highest social well-being, while those living in North Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota lead in financial well-being.

"Across the five elements, Hawaii and Arizona each rank among the top five states three times, while Iowa, New Hampshire, and North Dakota each appear twice," Gallup said.

Residents in states at the top of the index expressed higher satisfaction with their standard of living, worried less about money, and believed that they have enough money to do what they want, The Washington Post reported.

The happier responders also reported higher rates of having health insurance and a personal doctor, and lower incidences of obesity and depression than younger Americans, the Post noted.

West Virginia had the lowest well-being index score with 59.9, followed by Kentucky (61.2), Oklahoma (62.0), Ohio (62.5) with a tie for fifth-lowest between Indiana and Vermont (62.7).

"West Virginia's older residents report the lowest purpose, social and physical well-being, and rank among the five states with the lowest well-being in all five elements," Gallup said. "Older residents of Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana have the lowest financial well-being, while those living in New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland report the lowest community well-being."

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