Colorado ranks high among happiest states, second only to Hawaii
Gallup recently released a new study that seems to confirm what many Coloradans probably already intuitively know: Colorado is second only to Hawaii in terms of states where the living is the happiest and healthiest.
The study rates “well-being,” or more specifically is a collection of response data about physical and emotional health, life evaluation, work environment and access to basic amenities.
Colorado, in fact, ranks tops in the nation in the study’s Physical Health category, when people were asked questions about body mass index, sick days, physical pain, daily energy, history of disease and daily health experiences.
Both Colorado and Utah make Gallup’s group of “Elite 5” states that have shown a sustained level of well-being excellence over five years.
Gallup says residents of the states on the elite list — Hawaii, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado and Montana — have a few things in common. They rate their lives much better, today and in the future. Their emotional health is superior, including lower rates of clinically diagnosed depression. Obesity rates are lower, their disease burden is less and they enjoy their jobs more. They smoke less and exercise more.
How do Colorado’s cities rank? Denver is rated as the fourth-best metropolitan area, in terms of well-being, and Boulder is the nation’s second-ranked mid-size community in the study.
Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes the Grand Valley, ranked 105th out of 436 districts nationwide.
If there’s any area where there’s room for improvement for Colorado, it in the Basic Access category, according to the study. Colorado is a middling 12th when it comes to residents’ access to food, shelter and health care and having “a safe, satisfying place to live.”
If emotional and physical well-being is important to your life, here are the states you’ll want to avoid, according to the survey. The bottom five are Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia.