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KY Ranks Near The Bottom Of The National Well Being Index

Kentuckians might be some of the 'bluest' people in the country, according to a national survey.

Kentucky ranked 49th out of 50 states in Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index. The state didn't budge from its rank in 2011, though the only state it continues to surpass in "well-being" is West Virginia.

The research and analysis was based on six indexes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.

Kentucky ranked the worst at 50th for Healthy Behavior, and 49th for Life Evaluation, Physical Health, and Emotional Health.

The Commonwealth's place in the rankings improved for Work Environment, because enough Kentuckians feel happy in their jobs for the state to rank 31st.

It also did well enough on the Basic Access index to reach 38th place.

The data breaks down into six areas around the state. Lexington-Fayette fares the best in the city level well-being survey, ranking 79th out of 189 metropolitan areas. With Huntington-Ashland bringing up the very rear of the rankings at 188th.

The data for the study was gathered through surveys of more than 1.5 million Americans.

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