Nebraska ranked third on Gallup's Well-Being Index, behind North Dakota and South Dakota. Iowa ranked 10th.
They must not factor in the weather.
The rankings are based on how residents respond to survey questions about their emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities, like clean water and shelter.
Nebraska jumped three spots from last year's standings, improving their score by 1.9 points. Nevada improved the most, gaining 2.4 points.
Researchers said Nebraska's improvement is “notable, given their already high Well-Being Index scores.”
For the first time in five years, Hawaii did not claim the top spot, falling to eighth on the list. States in the Midwest claimed five spots in the top 10.
West Virginia and Kentucky received the two lowest scores for the fifth year in a row.
The scores are based on telephone interviews with more than 178,000 adults in the U.S. conducted in 2013.
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