California’s Well-Being Index Hits Four-Year Low

People have flocked to California for decades in pursuit of sun, diversity, and fame. But a new study shows California’s quality of life is dwindling, with the Golden State receiving its lowest ranking on Gallup’s Well-Being Index to date.

Take the news at face value. California still ranks as one of the most livable states in the country. But its spot has fallen for the fourth straight year. We’re now at No. 14, down from No. 13 in 2016. In 2015, California ranked No. 11 and in 2014, it came it at No. 12.

California still gets top scores for residents’ health, but financial indicators brought the score down. The state saw its biggest improvement in the “community” category.

The researchers also picked up on a growing level of angst nationwide. America’s national well-being score dropped from 62.1 in 2016 to 61.5 in 2017, marking the largest decline since the index’s genesis a decade ago.

Read more at the Orange County Register



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