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Paso Robles in top 10 of Well-Being index

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 6.34.54 AMThe Gallup polling organization reports that The Paso Robles-San Luis Obispo area ranked in the top ten out of 189 metropolitan areas in its “Well-Being” Index score. Lincoln, Neb., had the highest Well-Being Index score (72.8) in the U.S. across the 189 metropolitan areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2012. Also in the top 10 are Boulder, Colo.; Provo-Orem, Utah; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; and Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.

72.8 – Lincoln, Neb.
72.7 – Boulder, Colo.
72.4 – Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.
71.7 – Provo-Orem, Utah
71.6 – Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
71.5 – Barnstable, MA
71.5 – Honolulu, Hawaii;
71.4 – Ann Arbor, Mich.
71.3 – Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA
71. 2 – San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

At 60.8, Charleston, W.Va., had the lowest Well-Being Index score, displacing Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, which held this position the two previous years. Huntington-Ashland’s score of 61.2 is up from 58.1 in 2010, which is the lowest score on record for any metro area across five years of data collection. Mobile, Ala.; Utica-Rome, N.Y.; Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.; and Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla.; join Charleston and Huntington-Ashland as frequent occupants of the bottom 10 list each year.

The regional breakdown in wellbeing scores is largely consistent with Gallup and Healthways state-level results, which find wellbeing generally higher in Western and Midwestern states and lower in Southern states. West Virginia, which has the two lowest-rated metro areas (Charleston and Huntington-Ashland) in the U.S., was ranked last in the nation among states for the fourth consecutive year in 2012.

The “cities” this article references are based on the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In many cases, more than one city is included in the same MSA, and the same MSA can cross state borders. All reported MSAs encompass at least 300 completed surveys, and Gallup has weighted each of these MSA samples to ensure it is demographically representative of that MSA.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The overall score and each of the six sub-index scores are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents the ideal. Gallup and Healthways have been tracking these measures daily since January 2008.

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