It's often said that the third time is the charm, but the fourth time is quite charming, too. Especially when it means that Naples was again recognized as leading the nation with the highest well-being of its residents.
The Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest possible wellbeing and 100 represents the highest possible wellbeing. The Well-Being Index score for the U.S. and for each metro area is based on scores within each of the five essential elements of wellbeing:
- Career: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
The Naples metro area was among the top two metros across all elements except physical wellbeing, thus continuing to demonstrate the high levels of holistic well-being that has previously characterized it.
Highlights for top-ranking cities in other areas of wellbeing in 2017-2018 include:
- Boulder, a longtime pacesetter nationally in physical wellbeing, was the top U.S. city for the second year in a row for this element. The state of California provided the second- and third-ranked metros: Salinas and Santa Rosa.
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission topped the nation in career wellbeing, marking the fourth year in a row that the city has been among the highest five nationally.
- Naples residents have the highest social wellbeing, edging out Montgomery, Alabama and fellow Floridian city, Ocala.
- After Naples, the top metro areas in financial wellbeing are Ann Arbor, Michigan; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California.
- Community wellbeing is highest in the Naples, Asheville, North Carolina and Fort Collins, Colorado metros.