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Provo-Orem Ranks First for Well-Being

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April 2, 2014

The Provo-Orem area has been ranked first in an analysis of the state of well-being for communities, states and congressional districts in the United States conducted by Healthways and Gallup.

The analysis is based on data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a database of real-time changes in well-being throughout the world. Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare are analyzed to create a composite well-being rank for each community.

The new State of American Well-Being report provides overall well-being rankings for the 189 largest U.S. communities as well as rankings for all U.S. states and congressional districts. The report also includes insights on well-being influencers such as smoking, obesity and job satisfaction.

The ten communities with the highest well-being in the nation are:

  1. Provo-Orem, Utah

  2. Boulder, Colo.

  3. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.

  4. Honolulu, Hawaii

  5. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.

  7. Naples-Marco Island, Fla.

  8. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.

  9. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.

  10. Lincoln, Neb.

Certain communities stand out for specific well-being achievements, as reported by their residents. Boulder for example has the nation’s lowest obesity rate at 12.4 percent, making it the only community in the United States covered by the report that meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s stated goal of 15 percent obesity rate or lower. Provo-Orem has the lowest self-reported smoking rate at 7.0 percent, while Honolulu has the best self-reported emotional health. Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the lowest levels of self-reported depression, and residents of Olympia, Washington, say they eat more produce than people in any other community. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria are the three metropolitan areas with one million or more residents with the highest well-being in the nation.

“Increased well-being is vital to improving the physical, emotional and financial health of Americans, and communities that score high in well-being have achieved success in creating environments where people can live their best lives,” said Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. More info on the analysis can be found at http://info.healthways.com/wbi2013.

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