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The Dakotas and Minnesota listed as "Happiest and Healthiest" states

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South Dakota is the happiest and healthiest state in the U.S.

That's according to the latest Gallup poll that ranks states on a 'well-being' index.

Vermont came in second.

Residents in both states tend to have good health, feel safe in their communities, and manage their finances well.

Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota rounded out the top five.

For the 9th straight year, West Virginia placed last with high rates of obesity, smoking, diabetes and depression. 

21 states declined in well-being and none improved in 2017.

However, more than 56% of Americans felt they were 'thriving'  which is a record high.
 

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