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February 13, 2018 01:08 PM

Move Over Hawaii: South Dakota Ranked Top In U.S. Well-Being Index

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South Dakota has moved up to No. 1 in a yearly ranking of U.S. states based on the well-being of those living there.

It received the top ranking in the 2017 Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, up three spots from third place in 2016. The state earned high marks in the report's financial and community categories among its citizens. South Dakota also received the top spot in the purpose category, which the index describes as "liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals."

The Rushmore State was knocked in the social category, ranking 29th in the country for "having supportive relationships and love in your life." Iowa was ranked near the bottom of this category at No. 46.

Vermont was ranked second by only 0.01 behind South Dakota. Hawaii tumbled from first to third, while Minnesota and North Dakota rounded out the top five states in the index.

The report noted that 2017 was a "challenging year for Americans' well-being" as the national index score declined at its sharpest rate in the index's 10-year history.

The U.S. average score sits at 61.5, down from 62.1 in 2016. Overall, 21 states saw their well-being index score drop over the past year.

Data from more than 2.5 million surveys were compiled for the index.

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