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The Happiest Congressional Districts

March 11, 2011

As candidates face off in the special election to succeed former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), they should prepare to meet some very happy people -- at least according to Gallup-Healthways' annual "Well-Being Index" released earlier this week, in which Harman's old district finished second on a list that ranked all 435 districts (and D.C.) nationwide.

Rep. Anna Eshoo's (D) 14th Congressional District in California finished at the top of the list for the third straight year.

Rounding out the top five: Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, represented by Jared Polis (D), Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, represented by Colleen Hanabusa (D) and Georgia's 6th Congressional District, represented by Tom Price (R).

To compile the overall "Well-Being Index," Gallup conducted live interviews in 2010 with roughly 1,000 U.S. adults nationally, seven days a week, excluding major holidays.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Composite Score is comprised of six sub-indices: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Michigan's 13th Congressional District -- represented by first-term Rep. Hansen Clarke (D), who defeated former Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in the Democratic primary in 2010 -- finished last on the list, just after Kentucky's 5th Congressional District, represented by Hal Rogers (R).

Check out the full rankings, as well as the breakdowns by state and city, here.

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