What color is your parachute state? If you live in the Dakotas, your answer is most likely green, which means you’re pretty happy. If you live in Alabama or Arkansas, in contrast, answer is probably red, which means you’re fairly unhappy.
These findings are the among the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (h/t MailOnline), which are in for 2013. The survey assigns a numerical value to each state based on several factors. Collectively, these translate into the state’s “well-being score.” Last year North Dakota scored highest, with 70.4 points. West Virginia scored lowest, with 61.4 points.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the states with lower income levels and poorer physical health tend to have lower scores than states with higher income levels and better physical health. Below is a map color-coded by quintile. Following that is a chart of the top and bottom ten states.