Colorado ranks as second-happiest state!
Colorado is considered to be the second-happiest state, 24/7 WallSt.com reports, citing the results of a new Gallup poll.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which looks at the emotional and physical health of residents in every state, found only Hawaii was a happier place than Colorado.
The index looked at six separate indices that measured such areas as healthy behavior and optimism to determine where a state fell on a scale of 0 to 100. Hawaii had a score of 71.1 on the well-being index. Colorado wasn’t far behind, with a score of 69.7.
Well-being index score: 69.7
Life expectancy: 79.9 years (9th highest)
Obesity: 18.7% (the lowest) Median household income: $55,387 (15th highest)
Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 90.2% (15th highest)
Coloradans were among the most likely Americans to practice healthy behaviors, such as exercising regularly and eating fruits and vegetables. They were also among the least likely to smoke and among the most likely to report easy access to a safe place to exercise. Their healthy behavior appears to be paying off. Colorado was rated the best state for physical health in the United States, having some of the nation’s lowest rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. Colorado residents were also among the nation’s healthiest emotionally, and they had high evaluations of their own lives.