10 of the Happiest and Healthiest Cities in the US You Need to Check out Now

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Get ready to pack your swimsuit and head to the nation’s most healthiest and happiest city this spring.

For a second year in a row, Naples, Florida takes top spot in the U.S. as the best of the best, according to Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings, released on Tuesday.

The report measures how residents in 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose.

Research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Dan Witters says Naples, Florida has once again “muscled its way past” the other top-ranked metropolitan areas by getting high scores across the board.

In an interview with the TODAY Show, Witters said Naples does a lot of things right, and it helps that the residents take care of themselves too.

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Community members of Naples report having good physical health, feeling proud about their community, enjoying good relationships and liking what they do each day. While he mentions that income matters, it’s not enough to ensure high well-being. Moreover, the median household income of respondents in the Naples metropolitan statistical area wasn’t “off the charts.”

Boulder, Colorado, and Provo-Orem, Utah, are the only other populations that have reached the top spot more than once since the rankings began in 2008.

As far as the beachy location, researchers have previously looked at the relationship between living near the coast and well-being, and found it’s not nearly as strong as you might think, he added.

If Naples, Florida doesn’t count it for you, check out the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest well-being. Do you agree, Womanistas?

  1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida
  2. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
  3. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. Charlottesville, Virginia
  6. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida
  7. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, California
  8. Lynchburg, Virginia
  9. Hilton Head Island–Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina
  10. Boulder, Colorado


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Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.