The seventh annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Community Rankings Report places Honolulu at No. 2 in the U.S., behind top-ranked North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton market in Florida.
In addition to physical health, the study reviews Americans’ feelings on topics spanning a person’s sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security and relationship to one’s community.
Honolulu placed ahead of third-ranked Raleigh, N. Carolina, and No. 4, Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif., while El Paso, Texas completed the top five.
The rest of the top 10, in order, are Austin-Round Rock, Texas, Provo-Orem, Utah, No. 8 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., the metro area comprising Wash., D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, Va. and parts of Maryland and West Va., and at No. 10, Winston-Salem, N. Carolina.
The worst-ranked U.S. market for well-being is Youngstown-Warren-Boardman in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The Gallup-Healthways study ranks Honolulu higher than does the Livability.com report released Monday which placed it as the eighth-healthiest city in the U.S.
Residents in communities with high well-being are more likely to learn new and interesting things; to exercise more regularly and are more likely to be proud of their community, the study found, adding that improving well-being has been shown to reduce healthcare costs and increase worker productivity.