What does it take to be named the best city for well-being? Just ask the residents of Provo-Orem, Utah!
In a Gallup poll, the Rocky Mountain community had the highest average score from the five elements of well-being judged by the study in 2012 and 2013: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. By those five measures, Provo-Orem was determined the best city in America, followed by Boulder, Colorado and the Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado area.
In addition to having the best well-being in the country, Provo, Utah is also the most religious. On the other end of the well-being spectrum, the Hungington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio area scored the lowest, followed by Charleston, West Virginia.
“There are tangible policies that communities can adopt to actively cultivate and improve residents’ well-being,” National Geographic Fellow and founder of Blue Zones LLC Dan Buettner said in a statement.
“Policies that nudge people into healthy activities — where it is easy to walk to the store, bike to a friend’s house, get access to fresh produce, and be surrounded by healthy-minded, supportive friends,” Buettner continued, “are ones that make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Sustained transformation depends on building an environment and establishing social policies that support and reinforce these programs.”
Check out the top ten cities for well-being:
1. Provo-Orem, Utah
2. Boulder, Colorado
3. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
5. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
6. Ann Arbor, Michigan
7. Naples-Marco Island, Florida
8. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
9. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
10. Lincoln, Nebraska