Jul 20, 2022 - News

Washington ranks 9th in the U.S. for overall well-being

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Washington is among the 10 healthiest states in the U.S., according to the annual Sharecare Community Well-Being Index of state rankings released last week.

What they found: Washington ranked ninth in terms of residents' overall well-being in 2021, the report concluded.

  • The state received high marks for people's physical wellness, as well as their pride in their communities and sense of overall purpose.

Yes, but: Washington got lower marks when it came to residents' level of economic security and access to health care.

  • Our ranking dropped a spot from the previous year, with Colorado jumping ahead of us.
  • Massachusetts came in No. 1 for the second year in a row.

Details: Sharecare, a digital health company, and the Boston University School of Public Health used survey data to analyze people's physical, financial, social, and community well-being in each state.

  • They also looked at economic security, as well as access to transportation, health care, food and other resources.
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