Slideshow 10 states with the lowest financial well-being

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  • October 19 2015, 11:32am EDT
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Financial health is an often overlooked determinant of overall health, medical costs and workplace performance. The 2014 Financial Well-Being State Rankings is the sixth in a series of reports based on Gallup-Healthways' Well-Being Index. Results are from 265,369 Americans surveyed across all 50 states. The research aims to take a holistic approach to analyzing the financial well-being of Americans, including its associations to depression, smoking and activity levels.

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10. North Carolina

The Tar Heel State just made the top 10 list of states with poor overall financial well-being. The state did, however, make the 2nd highest quintile in compared satisfaction with the standard of living.

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9. Arkansas

Arkansas ranks pretty flat across financial well-being for its citizens. The state ranked No. 33 in terms of how worried residents are about money and No. 32 in comparative standard of living.

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8. West Virginia

The Mountain State ranked in the second quartile in terms of residents who feel they have enough money to do what they want.

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7. South Carolina

South Carolina ranked in in the lowest quartile for all categories in the report except for comparative financial standard of living, in which it took the 28th spot.

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6. Alabama

Alabama is on par with South Carolina, except in one category. The state ranked No. 24 in terms of the number of citizens who say they've had no money worries in the past week.

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5. Kentucky

Residents in the Bluegrass State are 49th in two categories: Having enough money for health care and worrying about money in the past week.

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4. Louisiana

People in the Bayou State are in the lowest quintile in all categories except for the comparative standard of living, where the state ranked No. 33.

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3. Georgia

The Peach Stateis close to Louisiana, coming in 34th in comparative standard of living and ranking in the lower 5th quintiles in all other categories.

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2. Tennessee

The Volunteer State is the only state in the bottom five to mark one category above the 4th quintile, ranking No. 29 in terms of residents who have worried about finances in the past week.

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1. Mississippi

Mississippi, the Magnolia State, is the only state to rank in the lowest 5th quintile in all categories.

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Also see: Top 10 states for financial well-being