Slideshow Top 10 communities for the highest well-being

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  • April 20 2015, 7:34am EDT

Improving upon well-being is vital to a population’s overall health and economy, and for employers. Well-being can also be a predictor of business outcomes, essentially affecting a company’s economic potential. Recent data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index analyzes 100 communities across the country, and based on five elements that contribute to the notion of well-being — purpose, social, financial, community and physical — have ranked from best to worst for overall well-being. Here are the 10 communities with the highest well-being scores:
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#10 Winston-Salem, N.C.

This region’s highest ranking, at 8, is its social category. Other higher marks include community and physical.
Purpose: 34
Social: 8
Financial: 58
Community: 14
Physical: 14


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#9 Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

The D.C. region’s highest rank is for financial, at 5, other high ranks include physical and social.
Purpose: 27
Social: 12
Financial: 5
Community: 35
Physical: 9


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#8 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

The California community marks in the top 5 for financial (3) and physical (4).
Purpose: 51
Social: 44
Financial: 3
Community: 32
Physical: 4


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#7 Provo-Orem, Utah

This community takes the no. 1 spot for community, and also has some high rankings for purpose and social.
Purpose: 18
Social: 9
Financial 28:
Community: 1
Physical: 47


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#6 Austin-Round Rock, Texas

Community (4) is the leading attribute for this part of Texas, with purpose coming in as another high mark for the city.
Purpose: 12
Social: 37
Financial: 37
Community: 4
Physical: 21


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#5 El Paso, Texas

This western neighboring community scores no. 1 for both purpose and physical in the well-being index.
Purpose: 1
Social: 57
Financial: 63
Community: 23
Physical: 1


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#4 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.

While not earning any no. 1 marks, this California area scores top 10 in three — purpose, social and community — while just missing a top 10 spot for financial.
Purpose: 6
Social: 3
Financial: 11
Community: 8
Physical: 29

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#3 Raleigh, N.C.

Another heavy hitter in multiple categories, Raleigh makes the top 10 for another three (purpose, social and community).
Purpose: 9
Social: 6
Financial: 13
Community: 3
Physical: 24


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#2 Honolulu, Hawaii

This island city scores no. 1 for financial, along with high marks for community.
Purpose: 14
Social: 70
Financial: 1
Community: 6
Physical: 26


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#1 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

Topping the well-being charts, this Sunshine state area has high marks across the board, especially in financial, physical and social
Purpose: 11
Social: 4
Financial: 2
Community: 12
Physical: 2


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