Well-Being Index Paints Bleak Picture of Pennsylvanians


The 2017 results from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index paint a bleak picture of the well-being of Americans.

The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which includes more than 2.5 million surveys, captures how people feel about and experience their daily lives. It examines how well-being varies by state and which states lead and lag across the five 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

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For the first time in the nearly 10-year history of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, zero states improved well-being by a statistically significant measure.

Out of a possible score of 100, the national Well-Being Index score dropped from 62.1 in 2016 to 61.5 in 2017, marking the largest year-over-year decline since the index began in 2008.

Pennsylvania checked in at No. 34 out of the 50 states with a below-average score of 61.2.

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