Florida communities top list of highest well-being in U.S.

Sarasota (Flikr/Roger W)

Several Gulf coast communities in Florida have the highest well-being in the U.S., according to the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Rankings list released on Tuesday.

Number one on the list is Naples, Florida, and the nearby communities of Marco Island and Immokalee. But not far behind is Sarasota, Bradenton and North Port, Florida communities coming in at third place. Number two on the list is Salinas, California.

The report measures how residents of 190 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. “High well-being communities have citizens who are thriving across many aspects of their lives, who are optimistic about their future, and collectively who are more productive, perform better, and have better health and lower healthcare costs,” the report states.

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The report also measures things like the ability to afford food and basic health care services, such as visits to a personal doctor and dentist.

North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida ranks number one in financial well-being, according to the report.

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Rounding out the top ten communities with the highest well-being are:

4. Fort Collins, CO
5. Barnstable Town, MA
6. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
7. Boulder, CO
8. Charlottesville, VA
9. Anchorage, AK
10. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

The communities at the bottom of the list are:

186. Chico, California
187. Huntington-Ashland, West Virgina-Kentucky-Ohio
188. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina
189. Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma
190. Charleston, West Virginia

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