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

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4. Utah

Well-being index score: 68.8
Life expectancy: 80.1 years (8th highest)
Obesity: 23.9% (6th lowest)
Median household income: $55,869 (14th highest)
Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 90.3% (14th highest)

Utah residents had higher evaluations of their present lives and higher expectations for the future than residents of nearly every other state. More than 55% of respondents were thriving, while less than 3% were considered to be suffering based on their assessments of their present and future quality of life. In addition to strong evaluations of their own lives, Utah residents had better emotional health and a higher quality of their work environment than residents of most other states. Nearly 70% of respondents told Gallup they had recently learned something new or interesting, a higher percentage than any other state.


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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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