With stellar weather and plenty of attractions, residents in the wealthy Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area in Florida had the highest well-being in the nation for the second straight year.
Through more than 354,000 interviews with adults across all 50 states, Gallup determined well-being based on how respondents felt about their social, financial, and physical status, and how much they enjoyed their communities and felt a sense of purpose.
Other metros with high well-being scores include Barnstable Town, Mass., Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif., Urban Honolulu, Hawaii, and Charlottesville, Va.
Among the metros with low well-being scores are Fort Smith, Ark., Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C., and Flint, Mich.
While there is a significant range in state-level well-being scores, the range in community well-being scores is even greater, and sometimes community differences are even substantial within the same state. These differences can provide opportunities for low well-being communities to view examples of best practices in similar cities — both geographically and culturally — nationwide.