Nebraskans are more satisfied with their lives than the citizens of most other states in the U.S., according to a new Gallup report.
Nebraska ranked fifth in Gallup's 2013 Standard of Living Index. Alaska took the top spot, followed by North Dakota, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Nebraska also placed in the top 10 in 2012.
The index is based on two questions: whether respondents are satisfied with their current standard of living and whether their standard of living is getting better or worse.
Iowa ranked eighth on the index.
The researchers found that states that reported positive job creation and a strong economic climate also reported a higher standard of living.
Alaska, which trails most states in economic confidence, is the exception. It is the only state without a state income or state sales tax, though.
West Virginia received the lowest rating. Maine, Rhode Island, Alabama and Missouri rounded out the bottom five.
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