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In 2008, Gallup and Sharecare initiated a 25-year partnership, merging decades of clinical research, health leadership, and behavioral economics research to track and understand the key factors that drive well-being. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index provides an in-depth, nearly real-time view of Americans' well-being. Having an awareness of U.S. residents' well-being provides unmatched insights into people at the community, state, and national levels.
The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which includes more than 2.5 million surveys,
captures how people feel about and experience their daily lives. As part of the GallupSharecare
State of American Well-Being series, this report examines well-being across
the nation, including how well-being varies by state and which states lead and lag
across the five elements of well-being. The five elements are:
• Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
• Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
• Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
• Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
• Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
Overall, 2017 was a challenging year for Americans’ well-being. The national Well-Being
Index score for the U.S. in 2017 was 61.5 – a decline from 62.1 in 2016. This overall drop
was characterized by declines in 21 states, easily the largest year-over-year decline
in the 10-year history of the Well-Being Index. Not a single state showed statistically
significant improvement compared to the previous year, which is also unprecedented in
Well-Being Index measurement.
In the state rankings, South Dakota and Vermont, followed by Hawaii, were the highest
well-being states in 2017. South Dakota has ranked among the highest six states
every year since 2013 and Vermont, which had the sixth highest well-being in 2016,
shares the highest well-being score (64.1) in 2017. Neither state had scored at the top
of the well-being state rankings before. Hawaii, which along with Colorado holds the
distinction of ranking in the top 10 highest well-being states each year since 2008,
ranked just below South Dakota and Vermont in 2017 with a score of 63.4. In 2016,
Hawaii was ranked in first place with a 65.2 well-being score.
Residents of West Virginia reported the lowest levels of well-being in 2017 for the ninth
consecutive year with a well-being score of 58.8. Louisiana fell to its lowest rank ever,
recording a score of 58.9, just above West Virginia.
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