Jews Rank Highest on Well-Being Index

There’s a Yiddish saying, “It’s hard to be a Jew.” But according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Jews enjoy the highest well-being of all religious groups.

The research shows that the most religious members of all American religious groups have the highest well-being. Very religious Jews lead the way at 72.4%, with very religious Mormons close behind at 71.5%. However, there is a significant drop off in well-being level between very religious Mormons and less religious ones. Jews, on the other hand show a very small difference between the very religious, moderately religious and the non-religious.

Gallup included a number of different sub-indices in the research:

Not surprising to those who follow American Jewish demographic trends, Jews do not score as high up on religious intensity as they do on well-being. Whereas 73.4% of Mormons, 50.8% of Protestants, 46.9% of Muslims, and 43.7% of Roman Catholics identify as very religious, only 16.9% of Jews do so.

But religious or not so religious, the Jews are all right. Or so the numbers tell us, at least.