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Gallup: Utica the Best City for Job Satisfaction

By Nora Tooher

Utica-Rome, which has an economy focused on health care, education, technology, tourism and arts and culture, was ranked first in job satisfaction in the latest Gallup-Healthways Community Well-Being Index.

Gallup analyzes Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, housing and healthcare.

The report’s authors singled out certain communities for specific well-being achievements. For job satisfaction, Billings, Mont., and Ann Arbor, Mich., followed Utica-Rome. Boulder has the nation’s lowest obesity rate at 12.4 percent, making it the only community in the United States covered by the report that meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s stated goal of 15 percent obesity rate or lower.

Provo-Orem, Utah, has the lowest self-reported smoking rate at 7 percent, while Honolulu has the best self-reported emotional health. Port St. Lucie, Fla., has the lowest levels of self-reported depression, and residents of Olympia, Wash., say they eat more produce than people in any other community.

Of the cities with the highest overall well-being, Provo-Orem topped the index, followed by Boulder, Colo.; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; Honolulu; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Naples-Marco Island, Fla.; San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif., and Lincoln, Neb.

Huntington-Ashland in West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio scored the lowest in well-being. Other communities at the bottom of the index included Charleston, W.Va.; Redding, Calif.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.; Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Columbus, Ga.-Ala.; Shreveport-Bossier City, La.; Mobile, Ala.; and Evansville, Ind.-Ky.

The San Jose, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., metros are the three large metropolitan areas with the highest well-being scores in the nation. Minneapolis was fourth, followed by Denver; Raleigh, N.C.; Boston; Austin, Texas; Seattle and San Diego.

Among the states, North Dakota and South Dakota ranked first and second respectively for well-being. Nebraska was third, followed by Minnesota, Montana, Vermont, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington and Iowa.

Gallup and Healthways have published the community well-being index since 2008. More than 178,000 interviews nationwide provided the basis for the latest analysis.

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