Thursday, April 17, 2014


Want to be happy? Then consider moving to Provo-Orem, Utah. That community reported the highest level of well-being in the U.S. last year. The results from the latest Gallup survey, which rates the well-being of residents in 189 metropolitan areas, found people’s overall contentment to be higher in the Midwest and West and lower in the South. The Ashland-Huntington area, where Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia meet, came in last. The poll, now in its sixth year, is based on more than 500,000 interviews covering emotional and physical health, job satisfaction, safety, and access to food, shelter, and health care. “Our goal is to get leaders thinking about how they can enhance well-being,” Gallup director of client services Patrick Bogart tells USA Today. Different cities excelled in various categories. The San Francisco Bay Area led the way among metros with 1 million or more residents. Honolulu was best for emotional health. Michigan’s Holland–Grand Haven led the way for physical health and access to basic necessities, while Salinas, Calif., took the No. 1 slot for healthy behavior.
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