Poll: Only 48.9% of Rhode Islanders ‘thriving,’ fourth-fewest

June 1st, 2011 at 1:07 pm by under Nesi's Notes

Maybe this explains why people are so stressed around here.

Just 48.9% of Rhode Islanders were “thriving” in 2010, judging by how they rate their lives now and five years from now,¬†according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. That was the fourth-lowest share thriving in the country, behind only Ohio (48.8%), Kentucky (47%) and West Virginia (45.8%).

On a scale of 0 to 10, Rhode Islanders on average rated their lives right now as a 6.8 and in five years as a 7.7. Gallup classifies “thriving” as a current rating of 7 or better and a future rating as 8 or better.

The places with the most residents thriving were Hawaii (65.5%), Alaska (59.5%) and Wyoming (57.7%). Hawaii is also the least-stressed state in the nation, according to Gallup, which said there was “no clear regional pattern” among the states’ thriving scores.

“Americans’ ratings of their lives five years from now consistently exceed ratings of their current lives, both over time and across all 50 states,” Gallup noted. “This suggests that people in various situations – good and bad – tend to express optimism that things will improve in the future.”

Compared with other nations, the percentage of Rhode Islanders who are thriving is on par with Ireland and Venezuela and higher than in Germany or France, according to Gallup’s global wellbeing snapshot.

(map: Gallup)

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