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Where does Colorado rank among the happiest, healthiest states in the USA?

By: Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY Network
February 19, 2015 Updated: February 19, 2015 at 11:51 am
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photo - The Maroon Bells near Aspen. (Gazette file)
The Maroon Bells near Aspen. (Gazette file) 

When it comes to well-being, Alaskans nabbed the top spot in the United States, according to an annual ranking.

West Virginia, however, came in dead last for the sixth time in six years, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Hawaii and South Dakota followed Alaska in spots two and three. And Kentucky stayed in the 49th spot, where it's been for a number of years. 

Hawaii and Colorado, No. 6, are the only states that have placed in the top 10 every year since 2008.

The 2014 rankings, released Thursday, are based on over 176,000 phone interviews with people in all 50 states. The Index measures how people feel about and experience their daily lives, and looks at their health across five categories: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.

Read more at usatoday.com

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