As a person who has lived in 15 states and has seen all kinds of places. From the Deep South, to both coasts, the mountains of the Rockies to the Desert Southwest, I can tell you that the Top 10 List from Gallup makes me scratch my head about who did these people talk to when the the survey was being done. Here is the list:
Out of 186 reportable Metropolitan Statistical Areas nationwide
Well-Being Index score Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 67.6 Barnstable Town, MA 66.4 Boulder, CO 65.3 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 65.1 Charlottesville, VA 65.0 Lynchburg, VA 64.9 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 64.6 Santa Rosa, CA 64.6 Prescott, AZ 64.6 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 64.6 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 64.5 Ann Arbor, MI 64.4 Salinas, CA 64.2 Fort Collins, CO 64.0 El Paso, TX 64.0 Portland-South Portland, ME 63.9 Lancaster, PA 63.9 Urban Honolulu, HI 63.9 Asheville, NC 63.8 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 63.8
While all these places are beautiful, one has to ask, what makes gives them the ranking as Highest Well-Being? According to Gallup, they used a scale that included 5 factors
- Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
I don’t know about you, but living in the midwest satisfies all of the criteria for me.
How about you?