Minnesotans feel like things are going pretty well for them

Minnesota is No. 9 on states with the highest well-being.
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Minnesotans say things are going pretty well for them overall.

Gallup and Healthways' annual State of American Well-Being report released Wednesday shows the overall well-being in Minnesota is among the best in the country – again – a news release says.

Minnesota came in at No. 9 with a score of 63.2 out of 100. Hawaii was No. 1 (a score of 65.2), followed by Alaska at No. 2 (a score of 64) and South Dakota at No. 3 (a score of 63.7).

The national average was 62.1.

The score is based on five wellness measurements. Here they are, and where Minnesota ranks:

  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security – Minnesota ranked No. 6 out of 50 states.
  • Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community – Minnesota ranked No. 9.
  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily – Minnesota ranked No. 11.
  • Purpose: Liking what you do every day and being motivated to achieve your goals – Minnesota ranked No. 24.
  • Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life – Minnesota ranked No. 44.

Minnesota's overall score in 2016 was just 0.1 points lower than the state's 2015 score, when it ranked No. 7 out of all the states.

But Minnesota's well-being score has been consistently near the top over the past few years, the report says, ranking No. 5 out of all states when overall well-being scores from 2013-15 are averaged.

And every year since the annual rankings began in 2008, Minnesota has ranked in the top 10, except for 2014 when it came in at No. 11.

To get these scores, Gallup and Healthways interviewed nearly 200,000 adults living in all 50 states to see how people feel about their daily lives. The report hopes to measure and study well-being so it can be efficiently and effectively improved.

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