Statistically speaking, Maine is a pretty happy place

Gallop released their national poll yesterday on the well-being of all states in the United States.

Tragically, we did not come in first place, but Maine did a pretty decent job.

Well-Being Index, 2013


Maine placed 15th overall in Gallup’s results… but the bigger news is that we’re one of a handful of states that got happier this year.

State Rank Changes from 2012-2013



Since 2008 we’ve mostly been in the low-to-mid 20s, but since 2010 we’ve jumped 10 places.

Maine's rank over time

The poll was based on six indexes: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. Here’s how we did in those categories:

Maine's Happiness Rankings by Domain


Third in work environment. Are you surprised?

For the full results of the Gallup Poll, visit their State of the States report.

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By day, I'm the User Experience and Audience Manager for the Bangor Daily News. By night, I'm a new mom and renegade fitness blogger at After the Couch. I live in Brewer with my husband, Tony, our daughter Felicity, and our two pugs, Georgia and Scoop.