West Virginia Capital Named Worst US City for Well-Being

Health & Fitness

0  Updated at 6:40 am, March 30th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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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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