South Dakotans collectively feel the third highest sense of well-being in the nation, according to Gallup's 2014 State Well-Being Rankings.
Behind No. 1 Alaska and No. 2, Hawaii, the Rushmore State scored well in five essential elements of well-being:
- Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
South Dakota ranked No. 1 in the Social and Community categories but fared the poorest in the Physical category, ranking 11th. The state ranked 4th in the Purpose category and 5th in the Financial category.
These state-level data are based on more than 176,000 interviews with U.S. adults across all 50 states, conducted from January to December 2014. Gallup and Healthways have been tracking well-being since 2008. Previous Gallup and Healthways research shows that high well-being closely relates to key health outcomes such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, workplace absenteeism and workplace performance, change in obesity status and new onset disease burden.