The Boulder metropolitan area is made up of some of the healthiest people in the country, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Boulder ranked No. 2, behind Lincoln, Neb., while Fort Collins-Loveland came in at No. 5. Colorado ranked second among states only to Hawaii, which has held the No. 1 ranking for four consecutive years.
The states that ranked the highest and lowest in 2012 gavw, for the most part, a repeat performance of their health ranking in 2011. Minnesota, Utah and Vermont rounded out the top five healthiest states, while Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and West Virginia bottoming out the lowest well-being scores.
The state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December 2012, including interviews with more than 350,000 Americans nationwide and at least 1,000 residents in each state except Alaska and Hawaii. The index summarizes more than 50 different well-being items and is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents ideal well-being.
The states are measured by 50 factors including emotional health, work environment and access to healthcare.
Here’s a look at the top-ranked metro areas for well-being in the nation:
Highest-Ranked Metropolitan Areas
Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.
Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
Barnstable Town, Mass.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C., Va., Md., W. Va.
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
And here’s a look at how Colorado’s well-being score measured up to other states’:
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