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

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8. New Hampshire

Well-being index score: 68.4
Life expectancy: 79.7 years (12th highest)
Obesity: 25.1% (17th lowest)
Median household income: $62,647 (6th highest)
Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 91.4% (6th highest)

New Hampshire scored higher than nearly all states in terms of basic access to necessities. Almost 88% of survey respondents in the state said they had a personal doctor, higher than all but three states and well above the 78.3% of people across the country who answered yes to that question. Furthermore, 73.1% of residents said they had visited a dentist within the past 12 months, a higher percentage than all states except for Connecticut and Massachusetts. The low poverty rate of just 8.8% may explain why more of these residents have access to quality health care. The state also ranked seventh highest in terms of healthy behaviors. For instance, nearly 62% of respondents reported they had five or more servings of fruits and vegetables in four of the past seven days, the third highest of all states.


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