Tennessee ranks 4th most miserable state in Gallup Index

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The Business Insider highlighted the top 10 most miserable states in a survey done by Gallop-Healthways on the well-being of the general populace, and Tennessee is ranked 4th.

According to the top 10 list by The Business Insider, the survey rated each state based on factors such as high unemployment, poor access to basic necessities and rising obesity rates that plague many of the nation's southern states.

It also said that the survey looks at six categories: basic access, life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, healthy behaviors and physical heath.

“In general, state-level scores remained consistent with the past five years of data. Western and Midwestern states ranked highest on the well being index, with Hawaii topping the list, and Southern states ranked near the bottom,” the Business Insider reports.

Overall, Tennessee ranked 4th among the top 10 most miserable states, with their overall well-being score of 47th out of the 50 states.

The highest ranking Tennessee received in the six categories was 36th in basic access, which measures things like satisfaction with community, clean water, affordable healthy foods, access to a doctor and enough money for basic necessities, among other factors.

To see the 2012 results of each state, or the composite survey as a whole, visit Gallup-Healthway's “Well-Being Index”.

To read more about the Index itself and more about its methodology, visit Well-BeingIndex.com.

*The Business Insider contributed to this story.

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