As it turns out, all that sunshine and ocean air isn’t the only thing that makes our community one of the best in the nation. According to a Gallup-Healthways “State of American Well-Being” 2015-2016 report, the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metropolitan area ranked No. 6 community with the highest well-being in a list of 189.
The five categories used to score each area were financial, community, physical, social and purpose.
According to the report, each category was defined as follows: financial meant managing finances to reduce stress and make life more secure; community meant having a sense of safety and pride within your town; physical meant having good health and energy; purpose meant enjoying what you did every day and feeling motivated; social meant having support and love in your life; and .
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The Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port area ranked first in the financial category. The Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island area — which ranked No. 1 overall and was the only other Florida area to be in the top 10 — was first in the community category. Barnstable Town, Mass., took first for physical; Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, S.C., had the highest in social; and El Paso, Texas had the best score for purpose.
The area that had the lowest well-being rank was the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma metropolitan area.
Top 10 communities ranked with the highest well-being
- Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
- Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
- Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
- Lynchburg, Virginia
- Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina
- Boulder, Colorado