Wellbeing: How does your state or city fare?

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-1026_Irving_Berlin_Michigan_1914.jpgI LOVE MICHIGAN, as Irving Berlin sang in his famous Michigan song nearly 100 years ago. BUT, my state’s wellbeing is dismal right now. Click on this image to check out your part of the country. (Wikimedia Commons image in public domain)How does wellbeing in your state compare with other states? How about the wellbeing of your city or Congressional district?

Gallup knows.
The venerable survey research outfit has plumbed its data—now over 1 million individual surveys—to produce wellbeing reports on all 50 states, multiple cities in each state and the 435 Congressional districts. Since I live in Michigan, I took a keen interest in the Wolverine State’s wellbeing.

You can find your state’s report by clicking on the image at right, today.

Overall, wellbeing in Michigan is dismal. The state sits in the bottom 20% of states, ranked number 41 of 50 as of 2010. This was a fall from rank 31 the year before. Other states in the bottom 20% include Louisiana, Nevada, Delaware, Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia. (The top five states are Hawaii, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado and Alaska.)

In Michigan, wellbeing in the work environment is especially low, but so are life evaluation, emotional health, physical health and healthy behavior.

The Michigan cities with the lowest wellbeing (bottom 20%) include Detroit and South Bend. The cities with the highest wellbeing (top 20%) include Ann Arbor and Grand Haven. Lansing and Grand Rapids are in the 2nd quintile (the second highest 20%); Kalamazoo is in the 3rd quintile (middle 20%), and Flint is in the 4th quintile (second lowest 20%).

The only Congressional district in the top 20% is district No. 3, which includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Holland. Many districts contend to be in the bottom 20%. Some of these are three districts that include Detroit, the southwestern corner of the state and mid-state.

If you live in Michigan, do these results make sense to you?

If you live elsewhere, check out your state’s report and tell us what you think!


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