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No. 6: Alabama
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No. 6: Alabama

Like several other Southern states, Alabama was hit by poor health care quality and low scores from a Gallup-Healthways' survey that showed weak emotional and physical health among residents.

Dan Witters, a Gallup research director who directed the Gallup-Healthways' Well-Being Index, says states with low scores tend to follow similar patterns.

"The food they eat, basic access to health care, income, access to dentistry -- it's all really crummy. Rates of smoking are a lot higher," Witters said. "That stuff permeates throughout the community. It's consistent."

In addition, Alabama's crime rate is higher than average, and its weather is typically uncomfortably hot and humid.

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Healthways; the Council for Community and Economic Research; the FBI; the Tax Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Source methodology: Bankrate collected the latest available statistics on cost of living, violent and property crime, health care quality, state and local taxes, wellness and weather (humidity, percent available sunshine and temperature). States were then given standardized scores, with more points going to a lower cost of living, lower crime rate, lower tax burden, stronger health care, better wellness grades and better weather. The scores were combined to create a composite score.

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