Mainers have a lower overall sense of well-being than they used to, according to an annual national ranking, which noted that the state’s residents have a greater feeling of purpose and community pride than in the previous year.

The 2015 Gallup-Healthways “State of Well-Being” report found that Maine’s relative rank slid seven spots from 15 to the more middle-of-the-road 22 — one behind New Hampshire.

The latest ranking — based on surveys with 2.3 million people on a variety of topics — puts Maine back around its relative rank in 2012.

In 2013, the state’s ranking was 15th, up from 21 the year before. And we held that spot in the next year’s surveys.

The data for each state are determined based on five parameters, according to Gallup-Healthways:

Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Here are the individual rankings for each of those metrics, for 2014. Those parameters above are represented below, from left right, with a lower number being preferable:

And here’s where we stood in 2015 (the first number is the cumulative score):

As you can see, we dropped by most measures — except for purpose and community pride, which seems to show that, no matter what, Mainers are a pretty positive bunch.

Here are how those data look in a map.

Hawaii had the top spot, with West Virginia at the bottom.


Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...