|W.Va. last again in national well-being survey By Lydia Nuzum, Charleston Gazette Staff Writer|
For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia trails behind its fellow states in terms of overall well-being, earning last place in a survey released by Gallup on Thursday.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on interviews from 176,702 adults in all 50 states, is based on five metrics used to determine well-being: purpose, social relationships, financial stability, sense of community and physical health.
Gallup interviewed 1,296 West Virginians it randomly sampled from across the state to develop its rankings, according to research director Dan Witters.
Gallup defines purpose broadly as "liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals" — an example question from the survey may be phrased as "How much do you agree or disagree that you learn or do something interesting every day?" according to Witters.
An example of a social question from the survey would be "How much do you agree or disagree that someone in your life encourages you to be healthy?"
West Virginia ranked 50th in both purpose and physical health, 48th in social relationships, 43rd in financial stability and 38th in sense of community and ranked 50th overall....
W.Va. last again in national well-being survey By Lydia Nuzum, Charleston Gazette Staff Writer