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February 6, 2017

There’s plenty of room for improvement, but things could be a lot worse: That’s one way to read New Jersey’s taking the 25th spot in the most recent Well-Being Index, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series.

The rankings are based on five elements:

  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals 

  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life 

  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security 

  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community 

  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily 

How did the Garden State do?

Its overall well-being index was 62.5. Individual scores were as follows: purpose (29); social (4); financial (21); community (40); and physical (7).

Hawaii had the highest well-being index: 65.2; West Virginia, the lowest: 58.9.

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