New rankings list best, worst communities for well-being

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (MEDIA GENERAL) – “Improving well-being has been shown to lower healthcare costs and increase worker productivity, in turn enhancing organizational and community competitiveness,” reported Healthways.

Healthways partners with Gallup to produce this yearly report on well-being in communities across the United States. More than 176,000 people across the country are interviewed for the study through the last year. The report http://www.well-beingindex.com/ looks at five areas to determine the well-being of a community.

  • Purpose – Do you like what you do each day and are you motivated to achieve your goals?
  • Social – Do you have supportive relationships and love?
  • Financial – Do you manage your economic life to reduce stress and increase security?
  • Community – Do you like where you live, feel safe and have pride in your community?
  • Physical – Are you in good health and have enough energy to get things done each day?

After digging through mounds of responses, the study organizers have found that six large communities have consistently shown high overall well-being since they started measuring in 2008; Urban Honolulu, Provo-Orem, Utah, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington.

California, North Carolina, and Texas each have two communities in the top 10 in the last year. Ohio has five communities in the bottom 10.

Here’s a look at how the study ranked the top and bottom communities in the country. Zero is the lowest score possible. One-hundred is the best.

Top 10 Communities for Well-Being in 2014:

  • North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton
  • Urban Honolulu
  • Raleigh
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
  • El Paso
  • Austin-Round Rock
  • Provo-Orem, Utah
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
  • Winston-Salem

Others to note in the study; San Francisco ranks 12, Richmond ranks 21, Charleston ranks 23, Grand Rapids-Wyoming ranks 26, Colorado Springs ranks 28, Albuquerque ranks 31, Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia ranks 32, Hartford ranks 37, Wichita is 43, and Nashville is 44.

Bottom 10 Communities for Well-Being in 2014:

100) Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
99) Toledo
98) Knoxville
97) Dayton
96) Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson
95) Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
94) Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton
93) Columbua
92) Detroit-Warren-Dearborn
91) Cincinnati
90) Birmingham-Hoover

Other cities that ranked in the bottom half of the study include; Buffalo at 89, Memphis at 83, Tampa at 81, and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News at 79.

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