What are the healthiest cities in the U.S.?


By Kara Condie

The “happiest place on earth” (or the U.S., in this case) is definitely in Florida; however, Walt Disney World in Orlando is not the city to visit. Naples, Florida was ranked No. 1 in a report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The report compared the well being of 190 communities across the nation.

Naples scored highly in three main categories: purpose, social well-being and community well-being. According to the report, other Florida communities such as North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton were also highly ranked in the report and ranked No. 3 overall and No. 1 in financial well-being.

NBC News reported that the Naples community has the lowest levels of stress, little depression and healthy diets on a regular basis. Residents enjoy their recreational activities as well as their educational activities.

Some residents are rather wealthy, but the wealth of a community is not necessarily related to a higher well-being score.

“It doesn’t hurt that the city is affluent,” says Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. “But while well-being goes up with income, it’s not beholden to it.”

But the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island community is not the only city in Florida that made the list:

  1. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
  2. Salinas, California
  3. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  4. Fort Collins, Colorado
  5. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts ranked No. 5.

Old folks that flock to Florida for its sunshine and warm climate may be onto something. For people looking for optimal wellbeing and relaxation, they may just find the peace and serenity they are seeking in the top 5 healthiest cities.

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