Utah ranks high in overall well-being

Published: Tuesday, March 26 2013 6:52 p.m. MDT

When compared to residents of low well-being states, such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi, Utahns reportedly have better emotional health, including much lower clinically diagnosed depression and daily sadness, as well as lower obesity rates. Another factor of elite well-being states is a substantially reduced disease burden, people enjoy their jobs and exercise more, as well as smoke and drink alcohol less.

Utah ranked fifth in the 2011 report and eighth in 2010, fourth in 2009 and fifth in 2008, the years data was collected. More than 4,500 Utahns were polled in this year's survey.

"I love Utah," Dixon said. "Its beautiful and a great place to live."

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