Special Report

America’s 18 Most Miserable States

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3. Kentucky
> Well-being index score: 58.8 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 54.4% — 5th lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 44.2% — 3rd lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 42.9% — 4th lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 52.7% — 21st lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 42.0% — 11th highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 52.7% — 3rd lowest
> Median household income: $52,295 — 7th lowest
> Violent crime rate: 217 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest

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2. Arkansas
> Well-being index score: 58.7 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 52.5% — 2nd lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 43.7% — 2nd lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 39.5% — 2nd lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 53.6% — 25th highest
> Adults who worry about money: 42.0% — 11th highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 52.0% — 2nd lowest
> Median household income: $48,952 — 3rd lowest
> Violent crime rate: 585 per 100,000 people — 4th highest

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1. West Virginia
> Well-being index score: 57.0 (national average: 61.2)
> Adults who like what they do every day: 51.1% — the lowest
> Adults who feel productive every day: 41.5% — the lowest
> Adults who learn/do something interesting every day 36.8% — the lowest
> Adults who are happy with where they live: 43.0% — the lowest
> Adults who worry about money: 46.0% — the highest
> Adults who get positive energy from friends/family every day: 50.2% — the lowest
> Median household income: $48,850 — 2nd lowest
> Violent crime rate: 317 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest