State of Misery

Well, my state is finally number one in something–the most miserable state in the nation! Let’s see how we rank:

1. West Virginia

  • Well-being index score: 62.3
  • Life expectancy: 75.2 (2nd lowest)
  • Obesity: 32.5 percent (2nd highest)
  • Median household income: $38,218 (2nd lowest)
  • Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 83.2 percent (8th lowest)

West Virginia residents feel the most miserable in the country. It appears that they have many reasons to feel this way. The state is particularly poor. It has the second-lowest median household income in the country at $38,218, and the sixth-highest rate of poverty. Residents also face a number of health issues. More than one in 10 West Virginians have had a heart attack or suffer from coronary artery disease — the highest rate in the country. The state has the third-highest rates of cancer and diabetes. It also has the highest rate of smokers, with 26.8 percent of adults indulging in the habit. It has the second-highest rate of obesity. These problems affect life expectancy, which at 75.2 years in West Virginia is the lowest in the country.

Now see, there’s my problem.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Bernita Mussmann
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:13:56

    I have been checking out some of your articles and i can state pretty good stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your website.


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