What American states are the most content?

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 11:58 a.m. MST

In this July 9, 2013 file photo, people ride bicycles along the newly improved Big Sioux River Greenway in Sioux Falls, S.D. According to a survey of 178,000 Americans nationwide that takes a look at the physical and emotional health of the nation, South Dakota was ranked No. 2. North Dakota topped the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index with an overall score of 70.4 out of a possible 100. South Dakota scored an even 70. The Dakotas continue to promote content living, as they were ranked the top states in 2013's poll.

Dirk Lammers, Associated Press

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Both North and South Dakota seem to be pretty content with the way things are.

Gallup’s recent survey looked at the well-being of residents in the U.S., and found that both of the Dakotas topped the charts. Nebraska, Minnesota and Montana rounded out the top five in the Gallup survey, which interviewed about 178,000 people from across the country in 2013. The survey looked at life evaluation, emotional health, working environments, physical health, health behaviors and basic access within those states, Gallup reported.

“Overall well-being in the U.S. and within states has been fairly steady since 2008, although the national Well-Being Index score fell in 2013,” Gallup reported. “The nation's well-being declined despite improvement in economic confidence in most states. Still, steady growth in 11 states' well-being scores since 2010 illustrates that sustained improvements in well-being are possible regardless of national trends.”

Read the full article at gallup.com.

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