Report: Indiana ranked fourth most miserable state in America

Posted at 6:52 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 18:35:10-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis is great for so many reasons but a new report by 24/7 Wall St. has the state listed as one of the top ten most miserable in America. 

The financial news and opinion website ranked the Hoosier state fourth most miserable, behind Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. 

The site said Indiana ranked low in every category of well-being; a sense of purpose, social life, financial health, community pride and physical fitness. 

RELATED | Indiana highways ranked 36th nationally | Vox: Indiana ranks #2 for people named 'Trump' | Indiana ranks No. 4 in new freedom study | Carmel, Fishers named among 20 safest small US cities | These are the best public high schools in Indiana

24/7 Wall St. used data from a survey of 177,281 people by the Gallup-Healthways 2016 Well-Being Index along with their scores in multiple areas to measure all 50 states by well-being. 

Their results show that an estimated 31.3 percent of Hoosier adults are obese and nearly as many, 30.6 percent, smoke.

They also claim Indiana is one of the least educated states with only 24.9 percent of adults who have least a bachelor’s degree, one of the smallest shares of any state.

And the state’s median income coming in at $50,532 - $5,000 less than the national median average - doesn't help either.  

The report says that obesity, smoking, and exercise are all far more prevalent in low well-being states, which puts Indiana at the bottom of their list. 

America’s 10 Most Miserable States according to 24/7 Wall St.

  1. West Virginia
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Kentucky
  4. Indiana
  5. Arkansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Louisiana
  8. Alabama 
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Mississippi

America’s 10 Happiest states according to 24/7 Wall St.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. South Dakota
  4. Maine
  5. Colorado
  6. Vermont
  7. Arizona
  8. Minnesota
  9. Montana
  10. Florida


U.S. Congressman wants Menards to make good on an IU fraternity's order of 4,200 chairs

Rep. Susan Brooks (R) 'doesn't support religious test', seeks more clarity on Trump executive order

Marsh to close longtime Indianapolis store at the end of January

IU student arrested for eating bread without paying, assaulting Jimmy John's employees and police

Butler Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity suspended by national chapter

Indy's Red Zones: Life in the city's deadliest square mile

Coyote sightings on the rise in central Indiana