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5th District ranks at bottom in emotional, physical health

Kentucky was again next to last among the states in happiness and healthiness of its residents in 2011, ranking above only West Virginia, though precise rankings are uncertain.

Eastern Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Letcher County, ranked at the very bottom of the 436 districts — falling in last place in the categories of life evaluation, emotional health and physical health.

The Gallup-Healthways Well- Being Index is based on a continuing national survey that asks respondents about their overall sense of well- being, physical health, happiness, job satisfaction and other factors related to quality of life.

Of the 190 cities ranked, Lexington was 95th and Louisville 152nd. Kentucky’s well- being score was 63.3 out of a possible 100 points. Hawaii again ranked first, at 70.2.

Kentucky ranked lowest in the country in emotional health, which is based on feelings of happiness and sadness, reported Nanci Hellmich of USA Today.

— Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

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