See which states, cities came out on top in this year's 'State of American Well-Being' report

Published: Wednesday, March 26 2014 9:55 p.m. MDT

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Associated Press
Rank: 50

2013 population estimate: 1,854,304

Median income, 2008-2102: $40,400

State unemployment rate: 5.9

Well-being index rank, 2013:
- Life evaluation: 50
- Emotional health: 50
- Work environment: 14
- Physical health: 50
- Healthy behaviors: 50
- Basic access: 50

2012 ranking: 50

2011 ranking: 50

2010 ranking: 50

2009 ranking: 50

2008 ranking: 49

Highest ranked area in community rankings: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, No. 11
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How can North Dakota top any list ever. Ever been there in the winter? Its not possible for this place to be good for anyone's well being from September to May - a time otherwise known as winter.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


Six of the Top-10 states are BLUE states, and nine of the Bottom-10 are RED states. And per the last Presidential election, the RED and BLUE states were 25 apiece.

West Jordan, UT

The reason North Dakota is top is because there is a huge amount of economic growth because of the oil industry. A man in my parent's ward works there and lives in Utah because he can make tons more money. He is in the building industry and people are in desperate need of homes, offices, and business premises for the business that come when an area grows. A couple of years ago or a little more I read an article about people going to work there and living in their vehicles, Rvs, and even tents, on waiting lists for apartments. Now, I haven't read any articles about this for awhile but based on what I read when the boom first started and after talking to my parents' friend about what is going on North Dakota is in a big economic boom with the resulting benefits. I guess weather is one of the things that get less consideration when the organization who does the list makes their decision.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Navel Vet

You have not reached statistical significance and can draw no conclusions about red vs. blue being in the top 10.

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