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Saturday
Mar302013

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

Click here to see how your city stacks up.

Tuesday
Mar132012

Survey Reveals Most Optimistic US Metro Areas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to the 190 metro areas in the U.S., do you know whose residents are the most optimistic about where they live?

If you picked Provo-Orem, Utah, you’d be correct. It ranked No. 1 with 76 percent of its residents feeling positively about the community.

Lafayette, La., and Raleigh-Cary, N.C., came in in second and third.

At the bottom of the list was Binghamton, N.Y., with 27.8 percent saying that it was getting better as a place to live.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, more than 350,000 U.S. adults were interviewed from January to December 2011 for the report.

Top 10 (Percent of people who say their city or area is getting better as a place to live):
1. Provo-Orem, UT -- 76.0%
2. Lafayette, LA -- 75.8%
3. Raleigh-Cary, NC -- 74.9%
4. Huntsville, AL -- 74.3%
5. Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC -- 74.2%
6. Lubbock, TX -- 73.4%
7. Des Moines, IA -- 73.0%
8. Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA -- 72.9%
9. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO -- 70.9%
10. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX -- 70.3%

Bottom 10 (Percent of people who say their city or area is getting better as a place to live):
1. Binghamton, NY -- 27.8%
2. Flint, MI -- 34.1%
3. Rockford, IL -- 36.5%
4. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA -- 39.7%
5. Syracuse, NY -- 40.4%
6. Reno-Sparks, NV -- 40.5%
7. Las Vegas-Paradis, NV -- 40.7%
8. Utica-Rome, NY -- 40.8%
9. Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA -- 41.2%
10. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH -- 41.3%

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