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Three Mid-South States Listed As ‘Most Miserable’

(WREG-TV) If you live in Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi, then you live in one of the ten most miserable states in the USA, according to a Gallup Study in USA Today.

More than 176,000 people were interviewed by the The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, from all 50 states last year, measuring the physical and emotional health of Americans across the country.

West Virginia was ranked the most miserable state in the country.

The survey assigned a well-being index score to each of the top ten states and determined their resident’s life expectancy, percent of obesity, median household income and percent of persons with a high school diploma.

Some people think describing a state as miserable is a bit extreme.

Tennessee ranked seventh on the Gallup survey. So according to the poll,  people living in Tennessee were most likely to have a variety of physical health problems and chronic pain.

They were less likely to feel safe walking at night and have low confidence in the state’s economy.

Brenda Edwards lives in the Raleigh area of Memphis and thinks the word miserable may be a matter of opinion.

“I think misery is about the person, I mean, what’s inside of you. It doesn’t matter where you live, you have to make it happen,” said Edwards.

She said when it comes to crime, Tennessee is probably no worse than any other state on the list.

“I think it’s just your surroundings and the areas in which you live and being cautious,” said Edwards.

Across the river, Arkansas was sixth on the survey, with a slightly lower life expectancy than Tennessee.

They’re also one of the most physically unhealthy states where nearly 20 percent live below the poverty line.

Mississippi was the highest of the three states on the list, at number three.

The survey found over a quarter of the people surveyed didn’t have enough money for food or health care at some point during the 12 months prior to being interviewed.

The median household income in Mississippi was the lowest in the U.S. and poor health behaviors contribute to the state having the highest obesity rate in the country.

The survey said people in Mississippi felt more negative about their work environment than anywhere else in the country.

Amber Dickerson lives in Olive Branch and never thought of her home state as miserable.

“Very happy, love the state. You know it’s really great,” said Dickerson.

Tennessee: “Tennessee residents were among the most likely to have a variety of physical health problems in 2013, including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and chronic pain. People living in Tennessee were also less likely to feel safe walking at night than residents of many other states.”

Arkansas: “Arkansas rated as one of the most physically unhealthy states as of 2013, ranking behind just two other states. Only 71.8% of residents were able to partake in age-appropriate activities, among the lowest rates in the nation, while 36.8% of respondents reported high blood pressure, one the highest figures of any state.”

Mississippi: “Respondents were among the most likely in the nation to lack access to basic necessities. More than a quarter of people surveyed in the state indicated they did not have money for food at some point in the previous 12 months, while nearly as many lacked money for health care. By a number of measures, the state was one of the absolute poorest in the nation.”

The following is a list of America’s most miserable states:

10. Louisiana

9. Oklahoma

8. Missouri

7. Tennessee

6. Arkansas

5. Ohio

4. Alabama

3. Mississippi

2. Kentucky

1. West Virginia



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