If you live in Boulder, then you have a better chance of being happier and healthier than people living just about anywhere else in the U.S.
According to a Gallup index, Boulder ranks second in having the healthiest and happiest people in the nation, with Lincoln, Neb., beating it by only one-tenth of a point.
The index ranks well-being by averaging scores in life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.
Boulder improved three slots in this year’s index compared with the last. It ranked third in terms of healthy behavior, which measures lifestyle habits such as smoking, exercise frequency, diet, and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Lincoln, Neb., jumped 20 spots from 2011, while Lancaster, Penn., which topped last year's well-being index, didn’t even make it into the top 10 this year. Lincoln ranked third in terms of basic access to necessities like medicine, affordable healthy food and health insurance, and first in terms of work experience.
Fort Collins-Loveland also made this year’s ranking, climbing four places from 2011 to land at No. 5. However, it dropped 42 places in terms of physical health, in which it ranked first in 2011.
Here’s a look at the top 10 happiest and healthiest cities in the nation and each of their scores:
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