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Kentucky Ranks 49th in U.S. In Overall Well-Being, Report Says

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Kentucky ranks next-to-last in a measure of each state’s overall well-being, according to a report released Thursday.

It’s the sixth straight year Kentucky has come in 49th in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The rankings are based on 176,000 phone interviews across the U.S., and measure five different categories:

  • Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Kentucky finished 49th in two of the five categories, social and physical activity, and was 48th in the category of purpose. The state ranked 46th in financial well-being.

The commonwealth's highest ranking was in community, where it finished 28th.

Indiana finished just one spot ahead of Kentucky in the overall rankings, at 48, with Tennessee coming in at 44.

Alaska had the overall top ranking, with West Virginia coming in last.