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24/7 Wall St.: America's 10 Happiest States

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9. Iowa

Well-being index score: 68.1
Life expectancy: 79.68 (15th highest)
Obesity: 29.0% (10th highest)
Median household income: $49,427 (24th highest)
Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 90.6% (10th highest)

Iowa ranked behind only Massachusetts and Minnesota in the basic access to necessities category. Almost all residents felt they had access to clean water, while more than 83% felt safe walking alone at night — both among the best in that category. Further, more than 85% of Iowans stated they could afford food at all times over the preceding 12 months — well above the 81.6% for the U.S. overall. Nearly 94% felt they could afford shelter at all times as well, a figure that trails only New Hampshire and South Dakota. Iowans are also among the happiest with their work environments, generally feeling that they are satisfied by their jobs, treated well by their bosses, and using their strengths. However, residents were also more likely to smoke and less likely to eat healthily than the average American.


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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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