Colorado among happiest states in the nation

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A University of Cambridge survey shows Colorado is the fourth happiest state in the nation.

The study looked at data collected from more than 350,000 people interviewed between Jan. 2 and Dec. 30, 2008, as part of the Gallup Organization’s Well-Being Index.

The index looks at factors such as emotional health, physical health and job satisfaction.

Utah was rated as the state with the highest “well-being” score, followed by Hawaii, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota in the top 5. Arkansas, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky and West Virginia were at the bottom of the list.

On average, the survey showed that well-being was highest in the Mountain and West Coast states, followed by the Eastern Seaboard, Midwest and South.