Special Report

America’s 18 Most Miserable States

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13. Ohio
> Well-being index score: 60.6 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 54.5% — 7th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 47.8% — 12th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 44.1% — 5th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 50.4% — 13th lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 40.2% — 25th lowest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 56.9% — 12th lowest
> Median household income: $58,642 — 15th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 293 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest

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12. South Carolina
> Well-being index score: 60.6 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 56.8% — 20th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 47.5% — 10th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 46.0% — 22nd lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 56.9% — 14th highest
> Adults who worry about money: 42.6% — 5th highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 56.4% — 11th lowest
> Median household income: $56,227 — 10th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 511 per 100,000 people — 6th highest

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11. Missouri
> Well-being index score: 60.6 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 57.9% — 23rd highest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 47.9% — 13th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 45.6% — 18th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 50.5% — 14th lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 40.6% — 23rd highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 59.8% — 17th highest
> Median household income: $57,409 — 13th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 495 per 100,000 people — 8th highest

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10. Indiana
> Well-being index score: 60.3 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 58.5% — 19th highest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 48.9% — 17th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 45.0% — 10th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 51.8% — 16th lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 38.9% — 15th lowest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 56.2% — 9th lowest
> Median household income: $57,603 — 14th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 371 per 100,000 people — 24th highest

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9. Illinois
> Well-being index score: 60.3 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 55.8% — 16th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 49.3% — 19th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 44.7% — 8th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 46.3% — 3rd lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 41.0% — 22nd highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 56.1% — 7th lowest
> Median household income: $69,187 — 17th highest
> Violent crime rate: 407 per 100,000 people — 18th highest