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West Virginia Capital Named Worst US City for Well-Being

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Despite its slogan — "Hip, Historic … Almost Heaven" — Charleston, W.V., came in last in Gallup’s latest well-being poll.

The city scored a meager 60.8 points on the pollster’s well-being index — a 100-point scale measuring physical and emotional health, work environment and access to basic necessities.

The nearby Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area scored 61.2, landing in the bottom two for the third year in a row.

Mobile, Ala., Utica-Rome, N.Y., Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C., and Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla., round out the roster of frequent bottom dwellers.

Topping the list was Lincoln, Neb., which scored 72.8, landing in the top 20 cities for the third year in a row. Honolulu came in first for emotional health, and Charlottesville, Va., ranked No. 1 for physical health, according to the poll.

Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Well-Being

    Lincoln, Neb. — 72.8
    Boulder, Colo. – 72.7
    Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. – 72.4
    Provo-Orem, Utah – 71.7
    Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. – 71.6
    Barnstable Town, Mass. – 71.5
    Honolulu, Hawaii – 71.5
    Ann Arbor, Mich. – 71.4
    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C., Va., Md., W.V. – 71.3
    San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif. – 71.2

Bottom 11 Metropolitan Areas for Well-Being

    Charleston, W.V. – 60.8
    Huntington-Ashland, W.V., Ky., Ohio – 61.2
    Mobile, Ala. – 62.4
    Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas – 62.5
    Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C. – 62.7
    Fort Smith, Ark., Okla. – 62.9
    Bakersfield, Calif. – 63.0
    Evansville, Ind., Ky. – 63.1
    Rockford, Ill. – 63.1
    Spartanburg, S.C. – 63.4
    Utica-Rome, N.Y. – 63.4

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The Top 50 US Cities for ... Bed Bugs

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cities enjoy being identified as safe and affordable. Being labeled as having a lot of bed bug treatments, not so much.

Rollins, the corporation that owns seven pest control companies, including Orkin, says it has seen a 33.6 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2010.  The company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bed bug treatments from January to December 2011.

And the winner … is Cincinnati.  Chicago is ranked second, followed by Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles.  The report says L.A. moved from 25th to fifth on the list.

Here are the top 50 U.S. cities, ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments.  The number in parenthesis is the shift in ranking compared to January to December 2010:

1. Cincinnati
2. Chicago
3. Detroit (+1)
4. Denver (+2)
5. Los Angeles (+20)
6. Columbus, Ohio (-3)
7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (+43)
8. Washington, D.C. (-3)
9. New York (-2)
10. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+6)
11. Houston (-1)
12. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif. (+35)
13. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio (+1)
14. Boston (+4)
15. Dayton, Ohio (-7)
16. Las Vegas (-1)
17. Honolulu (+55)
18. Baltimore (-6)
19. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+9)
20. Philadelphia (-9)
21. Atlanta (+24)
22. Lexington, Ky. (-13)
23. Syracuse, N.Y. (+25)
24. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (+27)
25. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+19)
26. San Diego (+13)
27. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. (-3)
28. Omaha, Neb. (-11)
29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-16)
30. Pittsburgh (-3)
31. Indianapolis (-12)
32. Milwaukee (+6)
33. Charlotte, N.C. (+13)
34. Phoenix (+19)
35. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
36. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-16)
37. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (+30)
38. Knoxville, Tenn. (+4)
39. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich. (-17)
40. Nashville, Tenn. (+15)
41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+24)
42. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa (-13)
43. Salisbury, Md. (+46)
44. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-23)
45. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (-22)
46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (-20)
47. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (-17)
48. Salt Lake City (-8)
49. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (-13)
50. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla. (+6)

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Ten Great Cities for Cycling

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bicycles are certainly a more affordable means of transportation compared to four-wheeled, gas-guzzling automobiles, but many people probably think a relaxing bike ride and an urban environment are incompatible. Elizabeth Cutler, co-founder of Soulcycle, a New York-based chain of cycling workout studios, tells USA Today many cities are bicycle friendly.  Here is Cutler’s list of 10 great places for city cycling:

-- San Francisco
-- Portland, Ore.
-- Boulder, Colo.
-- Montreal
-- New York
-- Washington, D.C.
-- Chicago
-- Tucson
-- Madison, Wis.
-- Minneapolis

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Stress in the City? Brain Scan Study Looks for Answers

Comstock/Thinkstock(MANNHEIM, Germany) -- City life is not all fun and glamour: it can be quite stressful.  In fact, city dwellers are at an increased risk of mental health issues such as anxiety and other stress disorders, according to a new study. Through the use of brain scans, German researchers at the University of Heidelberg are beginning to understand what it is that city stress does to the brain to put urban residents on edge.
In a series of experiments, the authors asked study participants to perform mathematical tasks while lying in a brain scanner. To increase the level of stress, the participants were told that they had to solve the problems in a set period of time and were given negative feedback after each test segment.  Turns out that those who currently lived in a city or were raised in one had greater activation of brain areas known to function in emotional processing, particularly negative affect and stress, than those who lived in rural areas.  

Although the authors point out that their study, published in Nature, does not prove causality between urban living and altered social stress processing, they conclude that "these findings contribute to our understanding of urban environmental risk for mental disorders and health in general."
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