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Q: I saw a survey that ranked the happiest and the unhappiest states. North Dakota was the happiest state and West Virginia was the unhappiest state. What were the criteria for the survey? Where did Georgia rank?

—William McKee Jr., Flowery Branch

A: Gallup (gallup.com) conducted the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that measured the well-being in every state in 2013. The scores were based on six areas of “well-being.” They are:

Life Evaluation: Present life situation and anticipated life situation

Emotional Health: Daily feelings and mental state

Work Environment: Job satisfaction and workplace interactions

Physical Health: Physical ability to live a full life

Healthy Behavior: Engaging in behaviors that affect physical health

Basic Access: Feeling safe, satisfied, and optimistic within a community

North Dakota’s well-being score was 70.4, ahead of South Dakota’s 70.0. West Virginia’s score was 61.4, and it scored lowest in five of the six domains. Georgia moved from 33rd in 2012 to 27th with a score of 66.6 for 2013. The data was based on interviews with 178,000 Americans in all 50 states last year.

Q: Can you find an address for Power 96.1 so I can complain about the station dumping Elvis Duran’s morning show?

—Julie Croft, Decatur

A: Power 96.1 is owned by Clear Channel Atlanta. The address on its website (cc.atlantacluster.com) is 1819 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, Ga. 30309. Power 96.1 stopped broadcasting Duran’s syndicated morning show in February.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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