Reader RT sends this new poll showing the unhappiest places in the US by some measure or other. West Virginia is the unhappiest:
West Virginia residents’ well-being was the worst of all states. It scored last in three of the six categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health. The answers of West Virginians to questions in the physical health category were particularly alarming. It was the only state where more than 30% of residents were told that they had high cholesterol. In addition, nearly 40% of respondents were told they have high blood pressure, also the highest of all states. Some 31.4% of respondents indicated that they smoked, the highest percentage of all states. The state had the second-lowest median income in the U.S., and a very high proportion reported not being able to afford food or medicine. West Virginians had the second-worst life expectancy at birth in the country
I’ll be the first to note that these “bestest/worstest by some measurement” stories are generally bullshit, but if you buy this one, most of the states on this list are red states.