If you live in Florida, California, Colorado or Texas, you’re living in a state that has several communities that rank very highly in overall well-being according to a new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. The report, entitled “State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Well-Being Rankings and Access to Care,” examines the comparative well-being of 190 communities across the nation. These four states account for 14 of the top 20 well-being communities.
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida is the nation’s highest well-being community, followed closely by Salinas, California. Naples scores very highly in both purpose (No. 4) and social (No. 6) well-being and is particularly strong in community well-being, with the top spot in this element. Another Florida community, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, ranks No. 3 overall and No. 1 in financial well-being. Corpus Christi, Texas is the No. 1 community for both purpose and social well-being, although lower rankings in other elements leave it at No. 35 overall. Boulder, Colorado, a community with the lowest level of obesity in the nation, is the No. 1 community for physical well-being.
On the other end of the spectrum, low well-being communities are spread out across a more geographically diverse group of states. However, Ohio claims five of the lowest 20 well-being communities in the U.S. The lowest overall well-being community in the rankings, Charleston, West Virginia, also has the lowest physical well-being.
To discover where other communities — including yours — rank, download a copy of the report today. You can also subscribe to content from the Well-Being Index; by subscribing, we’ll let you know when we release new reports and insights from the Well-Being Index.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index uses a holistic definition of well-being and self-reported data from individuals across the globe to create a uniquely comprehensive view of societal progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Previous Gallup and Healthways research shows that high well-being closely relates to key health outcomes such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, lower workplace absenteeism and better workplace performance, change in obesity status and new onset disease burden.
Feb 22, 2016