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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index was announced, confirming Utah’s leading position as one of the nation’s best places to live. The forward-looking index ranked states on several metrics that indicate a positive lifestyle environment now and in the future. Utah’s number one livability ranking was significantly ahead of the rest of the country.
“Results like these continue to prove that Utah really is the best state in the nation now, and Utah is well positioned for long-term success,” said Gov. Gary R Herbert. “The State’s strong showing in economic factors mirrors Utah’s successful approach to building a positive environment where businesses thrive and grow. I am confident that Utah will maintain this ranking for years to come.”
Utah was ranked among the top 10 in 11 of 13 criteria, including economic confidence, job creation, and an improving standard of living. In five metrics, Utah was ranked in the top two. The State’s strong showing placed it easily ahead of Minnesota (#2), Colorado (#3), Nebraska (#4) and North Dakota (#5).
The report looked at roughly 18 months of data taken from 530,000 interviews with adults in the US between 2011 and 2012.