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Missouri makes top 10 list of most miserable states

Updated: 2014-02-24T18:29:42Z

By MELISSA SCHUPMANN

The Kansas City Star

Last year, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index suggested Missourians weren't exactly happy in 2012. And it seems this year, it's gotten worse.

Missouri was ranked No. 8 among the most miserable states in America in 2013, just a smidgen more miserable than Oklahoma and less miserable than Tennessee. That's more miserable than in 2012, when Missouri was ranked No. 13 of the lest happy.

North Dakota was ranked the least miserable state, while West Virginia was designated the most miserable. Ouch.

Kansas received a higher score for well-being than Missouri, checking in at No. 20 of the happier states.

The data were based on more than 178,000 interviews with Americans across all 50 states, conducted from January to December of last year.

According to the report, Missouri ranked among the worst states for emotional health, with a high number of residents experiencing stress and a relatively low number reporting having smiled or laughed within the last day.

Missouri also had the 14th highest obesity rate, the 11th lowest life expectancy and the 14th lowest median income of the U.S. Feel better now?

To view the report, click here.

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