Bloomberg ranked U.S. states based on their levels of misery-inducing factors.
Thirteen variables from the United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings were isolated to determine each state's Misery Score. For each variable, the state with the maximum misery value received 100 points, while the state with the minimum value received zero points. All other states received points in proportion to where their values fell between the two extremes. Each state's 13 scores were then averaged for a final Misery Score. A higher score indicates greater misery. Air pollution levels refer to micrograms of fine particles per cubic meter. High school graduation rates refer to percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within four years. Poor health days refer to the number of days in which a person could not perform work or household tasks due to poor mental or physical health. Premature death refers to loss of years of productive life due to death before age 75. Personal income refers to income from all sources and is not inflation adjusted. For income distribution, a higher Gini ratio indicates greater income inequality. Unemployment plus underemployment refers to total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part-time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers. Employment data are the averages of figures from 2Q 2012 through 1Q 2013. All other data are from 2012.
America's Health Rankings--United Health Foundation, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
May 31, 2013