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

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7. Nebraska

Well-being index score: 68.5
Life expectancy: 79.2 years (21st highest)
Obesity: 27.9% (18th highest)
Median household income: $50,296 (22nd highest)
Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 91.0% (7th highest)

When it comes to making healthy choices, Nebraska is actually among the worst states in the country. In only one other state did a smaller percentage of those surveyed report eating a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables. The state also performed poorly in the exercise category, with nearly 49% of residents not exercising a healthy amount each week. Despite this, Nebraska residents were in the top 10 for physical health. While the state predictably had issues with certain conditions such as diabetes and obesity, state residents were rarely kept out of work due to physical ailments, and they reported feeling well rested. This might be explained by the low workplace stress levels residents experienced. A full 92% of residents reported being satisfied with their job, and 72.7% were worry-free the previous day, both among the best rates in the country.


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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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