Special Report

America’s 18 Most Miserable States

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8. Louisiana
> Well-being index score: 60.0 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 56.9% — 21st lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 47.2% — 9th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 44.7% — 8th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 46.1% — 2nd lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 43.1% — 4th highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 60.4% — 12th highest
> Median household income: $51,073 — 4th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 549 per 100,000 people — 5th highest

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7. Alabama
> Well-being index score: 59.9 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 55.8% — 16th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 46.8% — 7th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 45.7% — 21st lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 55.3% — 19th highest
> Adults who worry about money: 39.8% — 24th lowest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 58.6% — 25th highest
> Median household income: $51,734 — 5th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 511 per 100,000 people — 7th highest

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6. Oklahoma
> Well-being index score: 59.8 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 57.8% — 24th highest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 46.3% — 5th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 44.5% — 6th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 47.6% — 4th lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 43.7% — 3rd highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 54.5% — 4th lowest
> Median household income: $54,449 — 8th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 432 per 100,000 people — 14th highest

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5. Tennessee
> Well-being index score: 59.5 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 54.7% — 9th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 44.7% — 4th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 42.6% — 3rd lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 53.1% — 23rd lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 41.2% — 17th highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 56.3% — 10th lowest
> Median household income: $56,071 — 9th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 595 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest

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4. Mississippi
> Well-being index score: 58.9 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 54.7% — 9th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 46.4% — 6th lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 45.5% — 15th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 48.0% — 6th lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 41.1% — 20th highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 55.3% — 5th lowest
> Median household income: $45,792 — the lowest
> Violent crime rate: 278 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest