Not Good News: Poll Claims Tennessee Is 7th Most Miserable State

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This is not good news for the Volunteer state. According to a new Gallup poll, Tennessee is the seventh most miserable state. The Volunteer State had the worst crime rate and one of the worst outlooks about healthy living. Health issues like diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure and chronic pain hurt Tennessee’s health ranking more than anything else. 

The state’s violent crime rate of 643.6 incidents per 100,000 residents was the highest in the nation in 2012 according to the poll. That crime rate likely contributed to the fact that most Tennesseans said they did not feel safe walking around outside at night.

West Virginia was found to be the most miserable state based on its low life-expectancy, high obesity rate and dismal average household income.


Kentucky was the second most miserable state, followed by Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio. North Dakota was named the least miserable state earlier this month. It did not even crack the top 10 in 2012.

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