Today, Gallup and Sharecare released new findings from Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index in the 2017 community rankings report. Against record declines across U.S. states, several cities emerged as bright spots by directionally improving overall well-being.
- For the third consecutive year, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island earned the top spot. Not only is Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island the first community to rank #1 three years in a row, but it also is the first community to rank #1 or #2 across all five elements of well-being.
- Barnstable Town ranked second in overall well-being. Its strong performance was also characterized by top positions across the elements, with a top five finish in social, financial, community and physical well-being.
- Each of these communities have frequented the top ten list in past years, yet the consistency is also mirrored at the other end of the spectrum.
For three years running, Fort Smith has placed as the lowest or second lowest well-being city. This year, it stands in the last position at #186. It’s preceded by Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton at #185 and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula at #184.
Finding well-being bright spots
Like Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island and Erie, some communities have managed to make directional improvements in their overall well-being, despite declines in their respective states. These communities serve as examples of the influence local interventions can have against broader declines. In situational challenges, research shows that those with higher well-being exhibit more resiliency to factors that may otherwise impact quality of life.
To learn more and see where your community ranks, download the full report.
Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
Mar 13, 2018