Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Which state has the healthiest and the happiest residents? Missouri or Illinois?

It looks like Illinois leads Missouri when it comes to assessing the well-being of its residents according to the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index.

Illinois is the 22nd highest ranked state for well-being which is up from 28th the year before. Missouri is near the bottom at 43rd down from 38th in 2012.

North Dakota topped the list in the Well-Being Index. West Virginia was on the bottom.

The survey measures life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.

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