Bay Area ranks among top communities for “well-being”

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Two Bay Area regions have ranked among the top communities in a new analysis on lifestyle and well-being.

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara region came in 8th and the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area took the 12th slot in a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The study looked at the overall well-being of residents in the 100 largest communities in the United States.

“Improving well-being has been shown to lower healthcare costs and increase worker productivity, in turn enhancing organizational and community competitiveness,” according to Healthways.

More than 176,000 people across the country were interviewed for the 2014 study. The report looks at five areas to determine the well-being of a community.

1) Purpose – Do you like what you do each day and are you motivated to achieve your goals?

2) Social – Do you have supportive relationships and love?

3) Financial – Do you manage your economic life to reduce stress and increase security?

4) Community – Do you like where you live, feel safe and have pride in your community?

5) Physical – Are you in good health and have enough energy to get things done each day?

Bay Area communities have a history of ranking among the top.

After digging through mounds of responses, the study organizers found the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area and the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward region are among six large communities that have consistently shown high overall well-being since Gallup and Healthways began their analysis in 2008.

Urban Honolulu, Provo-Orem, Utah, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington are also on that list.

California, North Carolina, and Texas each have two communities in the top 10 in the 2014 rankings. Ohio has five communities in the bottom 10.

Top 10 Communities for Well-Being in 2014:

1) North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton

2) Urban Honolulu

3) Raleigh

4) Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura

5) El Paso

6) Austin-Round Rock

7) Provo-Orem, Utah

8) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

9) Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

10) Winston-Salem

Bottom 10 Communities for Well-Being in 2014:

100) Youngstown-Warren-Boardman

99) Toledo

98) Knoxville

97) Dayton

96) Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson

95) Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach

94) Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton

93) Columbua

92) Detroit-Warren-Dearborn

91) Cincinnati

90) Birmingham-Hoover

Other cities that ranked in the bottom half of the study include; Buffalo at 89, Memphis at 83, Tampa at 81, and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News at 79.

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