New national survey shows Hawaii tops national ranking in well-being.
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It looks like the old mantra, “Lucky We Live Hawaii,” rings true in at least one official context.
Hawaii is the happiest state in the nation, scoring well in a new national well-being and happiness survey by Gallup. And the happiest person in America? None other than Honolulu’s own Alvin Wong, according to the New York Times, which asked Gallup for a composite of the happiest person.
As it turns out, Gallup sent the newspaper after a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.
Indeed, Wong fits all the categories: he’s a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese-American, Kosher-observing Jew, who’s married with children and lives in Honolulu. He runs his own health care management business and earns more than $120,000 a year.
Gallup’s 2010 telephone survey polled a random sample of 352,840 adults ages 18 and older living in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Hawaii scored particularly well on these three well-being categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health.
The top 10 states and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):