Most years, a random sample of Connecticut residents say they’re pretty happy and healthy. Each year Gallup and Healthways interview people about their moods, their physical health, their eating and exercise habits, their basic economic needs and their life satisfaction. Over the five years the survey has run, the Nutmeg state’s average ranking was 19. Not as blissful as Hawaii, which was generally home to the happiest, healthiest residents, and below three other New England states, but not too shabby.
In 2013, the survey’s results took a much darker tone. The composite score in 2012 had been 67.6, and in 2013, it was 65.9. The national average in 2013 was 66.2. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but because all the states are clustered between 61 and 70, that made Connecticut fall from 16th happiest, healthiest state to 31st.
We still had a very high score for the proportion of the population who’s financially comfortable, and how healthy we are, but folks are not happy about their bosses. There was a big drop in people who said their supervisors treat them like a partner.
So the survey says that we have the second-worst work environment, just above Mississippi, where pay is lowest. Connecticut workers have the highest pay in the nation.