Survey Says West Virginia, Ohio Among Most Miserable Places to Live

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email
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First and fifth.

Not bad if you're talking about the Olympic games.

Not so much if you're talking about the most miserable places to live.

That's what a new USA Today survey done by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index says about West Virginia and Ohio.

People we talk to say the rest of the United States has it all wrong.

We couldn't find one person that was upset about living in West Virginia or Ohio.

USA Today surveyed almost 200,000 people from all 50 states.

The questions helped measure the physical and emotional health of Americans.

Here in the Mid-Ohio Valley though, residents say they don't believe it - they love where they live.

"West Virginia is a wonderful state. There is just so much beauty here and so many opportunties. The mountains the rivers, fishing. Camping hunting.....I think they are crazy," says West Virginia resident Nancy Morehead.

"Ohio is a great state to live in, we have the Buckeyes and the Browns what more could you want," says Ohio resident Jim Wark.

The survey looked at well-being index, life expectancy, percentage of obesity, median household income and percent with high school diploma.

States not on the list were California, Florida and Maine, just to name a few.

Residents were less likely to smoke and more likely to exercise regularly.

West Virgina is at the bottom on the list for the fifth consecutive year.

Williamstown's mayor has faith.

She says West Virginians can turn this around.

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