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John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” always made me think West Virginia was a paradise. I’ve never been there, so I don’t know.

But maybe he should have sang, “Almost Hades, West Virginia…” based on this Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that was released yesterday.

The report measures well-being and says Hawaii residents are the most chill, based on emotional and physical health and other criteria.

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West Virginia was last.

Look at this video and tell me that isn’t some nice looking country.

On the other hand, West Virginia’s population tends to be under-educated and poor. Residents traditionally rank near the bottom in nationwide median household income.

I guess you can only stare blissfully at a mountain dotted by colorful trees for so long. Eventually you’ve got to pay your bills and go to college or learn a skill and make a decent living.

The report lists Texas in the middle when it comes to well-being.

Not bad, considering the industrial onslaught happening in cities such as Fort Worth and elsewhere with little regard to the environment.

I guess we’re fairly chill, but not so much that we don’t occasionally get our Wranglers in a wad. And oh what fun it is to see Mayor Mike Moncrief’s sense of well-being challenged:

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