Gallup and Healthways have released the State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings report, which highlights important trends in health and well-being within communities across the nation.
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, tops the rankings for a second consecutive year. Barnstable Town, MA was number two, followed by Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA.
Many high well-being communities hail from California (seven in the top 25), Colorado (three), Texas (three), Florida (two) and Virginia (two).
Communities are uniquely positioned to promote well-being improvement by transforming policies and environment so that people move naturally, eat wisely, connect, and have the right outlook—all of which can lead to living longer, better.
The Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings was released on Tuesday. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose.
Residents report having good physical health, feeling proud about their community, enjoying good relationships and liking what they do each day.
You may think that has a lot to do with living in a scenic, affluent beach community, but those factors don't influence the score as much as you’d expect. Income matters, but it doesn’t ensure high well-being.
The top 10 U.S. communities with the highest well-being are:
- Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida
- Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
- Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida
- San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, California
- Lynchburg, Virginia
- Hilton Head Island–Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina
- Boulder, Colorado