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San Diego-Carlsbad residents rank high in well-being

Posted at 3:08 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 18:59:10-05

If you live in the San Diego-Carlsbad area, you're likely pretty happy with where you live and your health.

According to a Gallup-Healthways report published this month, the San Diego-Carlsbad area ranked within the top 25 best communities for well-being, which grades purpose, social scene, finances, community strength, and physical activity among residents.

The "State of American Well-Being" report featured seven California communities in the top 25 listed areas. 

San Diego-Carlsbad was ranked 22nd, ranking highly in physical activity and in the second high percentile for the other categories. 

"Where you live can impact your health and well-being. Innovative leaders are transforming their communities to create improvements in how people socialize, work, eat, play and move. These changes are empowering citizens to make healthier choices, be more productive and have better quality of life," Michael Acker, general manager of at Healthways, said in the report.

Surveyors conducted more than 350,000 telephone interviews of Americans across the country from Jan. 2, 2015 to Dec. 30, 2016. Interviewees were asked what they like to do each day and about their goals (purpose), about their relationships and love life (social), how they manage their economic life (finances), if they enjoy where they live (community), and about their health (physical activity).

The highest ranked communities are Naple-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla., Barnstable Town, Mass., and Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif., the report found.

Why?

"In 2015–2016, Naples had the country’s highest number of residents thriving in community well-being, highest rates of healthy eating, lowest rates of daily stress, and lowest lifetime diagnoses of depression," the report said.

The worst communities for well-being are Fort Smith, Ark., Hickory-Lenior-Morganton, N.C., and Huntington-Ashland, W. Va.