Kentucky Next To Last In Well-Being Index

Posted On March 11, 2014

By Katlyn Reece

(Undated) – Kentucky has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the well-being of the people who live there.

A new Gallup study rated Kentucky 49th in the country on its 2013 Healthways Well-Being Index.

The index results come from over 178,000 interviews across the nation. Those interviewed were asked questions regarding their perceptions of well-being. Topics included physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, and financial security. Those interviewed were also asked to describe their access to necessary things such as food, healthcare, and shelter. The resulting sample represents an estimated 95 percent of all U.S. households.

It is the second consecutive year that Kentucky has ranked 49th in the report.

Indiana and Ohio did not fare much better than Kentucky. Indiana was 40th, up from 42nd in 2012. Ohio checked in at 46th, two spots down from 44th in 2012.

North Dakota beat all other states to be ranked first, jumping up from 19th in 2012. West Virginia came in last in both 2012 and 2013.

You can read the complete 2013 Healthways Well-Being Index at http://info.healthways.com/wbi2013.