10 cities with the worst quality of life
Published: Feb 23, 2016 2:28 p.m. ET
By Catey Hill – Reporter
Where you live in this country may help determine how satisfied you are with your life.
Overall, the well-being of residents in the U.S. was unchanged in 2015, as compared with a year prior, according to the “State of American Well-Being” report, which examined well-being across 190 U.S. cities and all 50 states, released by consulting company Gallup and wellness provider Healthways.
But in some places the well-being of residents differs significantly from others. “High well-being communities have citizens who are thriving across many aspects of their lives, who are optimistic about their future, and collectively who are productive, perform better, and have better health and lower healthcare costs,” the report reveals.
To determine the level of well-being in each community, Gallup asked residents in cities and states across America questions along the following themes.
No. 1: Purpose — do they like what they do each day and are they motivated to achieve their goals? No. 2: Social life — do they have supportive relationships and love?
No. 3: Finances — do they manage their economic lives to reduce stress and up security?
No. 4: Community — do they like where they live, feel safe and have pride in their community?
No. 5: Physical issues — do they have good health and enough energy to get things done each day?
Residents of Hawaii have the highest quality of life once again (it has scored the No. 1 spot five times since 2008), followed by those in Alaska, which fell from the No. 1 spot last year. “Since 2012, the top 10 states with the most consistently high well-being are Hawaii, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa, Alaska and Vermont,” the report adds.
Meanwhile, a number of metro areas in Florida, Colorado and California top the well-being list, while a few cities in Ohio rank at the bottom of all the 190 cities measured.
10 cities with the highest well-being
1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Fla.
2. Salinas, Calif.
3. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Fla.
4. Fort Collins, Colo.
5. Barnstable Town, Mass.
6. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, Calif.
7. Boulder, Colo.
8. Charlottesville, Va.
9. Anchorage, Ala.
10. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles–Arroyo Grande, Calif.
10 cities with the lowest well-being
181. Rockford, Ill.
182. Dayton, Ohio
183. Worcester, Mass.–area
184. Toledo, Ohio
185. Youngstown–Warren–Boardman, Ohio–Pa.
186. Chico, Calif.
187. Huntington–Ashland, W. Va.–Ky.–Ohio
188. Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, N.C.
189. Fort Smith, Ark.–Okla.
190. Charleston, W.Va.
Hickory’s Mayor, Rudy Wright, notes that “While we think that Hickory is a wonderful place to live and work, we recognize the need to improve our image and we have embarked on a $40 million, voter approved, bond referendum for projects that are designed to attract young people and the companies that employ them.”
The Rockford mayor, Larry Morrissey, says that he is “passionate about improving health and wellness outcomes of Rockford residents” and to do so has started an initiative called Healthy Rockford to “find workable solutions for the social and economic factors that impact an individual’s ability to maintain a positive and healthy life.”
None of the other cities with the lowest well-being scores have responded to request for comment from MarketWatch.