If you live in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area of Florida, consider yourself lucky. Gallup-Healthways released its annual Community Well-Being Rankings, say that it was ranked number one in well-being out of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.
The results are based on more than 176,000 interviews with adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, conducted from January through December 2014. The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area's index score was 64.1 out of 100. California, North Carolina, and Texas each have two communities in the top 10, while Ohio has five communities in bottom 10 that are ranked lowest for well-being. In fact, Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania, has the lowest well-being score in the country, with a 58.1.
So what, exactly, does "having a high well-being index" mean? Here are the five essential elements: