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Wisconsin is 14th in national well-being index

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites appear to be a happier bunch than a year ago.

The Badger State ranks 14th in the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index -- up six spots from last year.

Wisconsin's overall well-being index is 67.7. That's based on how residents feel about their job satisfaction, personal health, love and social relationships, financial security, and community pride.

178,000 Americans were interviewed about their lives in general -- and how well off they think they are.

Gallup said Wisconsin had the nation's 8th-largest improvement in its well-being index from three years before, with a one-point jump in its overall index. That means Wisconsinites are feeling better about themselves than folks in other states.

Well-being throughout the U.S. has been fairly steady since 2008, even while going through the country's worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)