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.
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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.