Sarasota Area Names to 10 Best U.S. Communities for Overall Well-Being

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Sarasota has received an exciting recognition this year. The Gallup-Healthyways just released their rankings for the best and worst US communities for overall well-being and Sarasota made the “nice” list. The “naughty” list features cities like Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida, a few spots in the Midwest and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton of Pennsylvania.

This announcement is great news for Sarasota as the area can be recognized nationwide as a great community to live. What are Sarasota and nine other areas doing right and what are the top 10 worst communities doing wrong? Here is a look at who made the cut and why.

About the Gallup-Healthways List

Gallup-Healthways releases a Community Well-being Rankings list to recognize which US communities have what it takes to offer the best overall well-being for folks living there. They rank 100 of the largest metro areas in the United States to analyze the results which are based on over 176,000 interviews of adults across the 50 States and DC. They took the survey all of last year to get their conclusions.

The items they are looking for that were ranked as elements determining a high well-being index includes:

  • Feeling safe, liking where you live and having pride in your community
  • Having supporting relationships and love in your life
  • Having good health and energy to succeed daily
  • Liking what you do every day and staying motivated in achieving goals
  • Reducing stress and increasing security through financial management

Who fared well?

Along with North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton who scored 64.1 out of 100 on the index putting them at #1 on the rankings for top 100 largest metro areas in the United, other communities scoring in the top 10 included:

  • Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  • Provo-Orem, Utah
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
  • Winston-Salem, NC

Who made the list for the worst communities?

While the top ten communities scored well for best overall well-being index for financial, social, purposeful, community pride and physical elements, the communities who didn’t score well include several communities in Ohio, the Indianapolis area of Indiana, the Daytona Beach area of Florida and communities in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Tennessee.

It’s another reason to love living in Sarasota.

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