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The happiest and saddest states. Pity poor West Virginia.

On Sunday we noted that West Virginia was the most miserable state in the country in 2013, according to a Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index.  Turns out, it's been a bad last five years for the Mountain State.

Since 2008, when the Index began, West Virginia has ranked 49th, 50th, 50th, 50th, 50th and 50th in terms of well being nationwide. Kentucky, which finished as the second most miserable state, has had a similar run of things -- ranking 48th, 49th, 49th, 49th, 49th and 49th.  Ouch.

On the other end of the spectrum, Minnesota is the only state to be ranked in the top 10 of the Well Being Index every year since 2008. North Dakota, which ranked as the happiest state in 2013, was 19th in 2012. Hawaii had a four-year run as the happiest state until it dropped to eighth this past year.

Here's the full chart.

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Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.



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