ATLANTA (March 13, 2018) – Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, and world-leading analytics and advice firm, Gallup, today reported their annual community rankings from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. For the third consecutive year, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida, ranked number one for overall well-being, followed by Barnstable Town, Massachusetts, in the second position and Boulder, Colorado, in the third.
Against record declines in national well-being in 2017, the communities of Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (#1); Kennewick-Richland, Washington (#24); and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida (#25) – each of which are among the top 25 well-being cities – made directional improvements in overall well-being in 2016-2017. The performances by each of these cities are noteworthy for making progress against statistically significant declines in their respective states. A new performance record was also set this year by Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, which became the first community to rank first or second across all five elements of well-being.
“The continued strong well-being measured in the Naples, Barnstable Town and Boulder communities is impressive and illustrates that well-being locally can remain high amid declines nationally or regionally,” said Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. “The resiliency of these top performers underscores the importance of thriving across all five of the essential elements, resulting in better overall well-being and associated outcomes than is found from focusing on physical wellness alone.”
The 2016-2017 results are largely reflective of recent community well-being trends, with each of the top three communities having frequented the top 10 list in several past installments of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. On the other end of the spectrum, cities like Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ranked among the top 25 in 2016-2017, despite the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania placing in the bottom half among states in 2017.
“Beyond being bright spots within our nation, the top well-being cities – many being consistently strong performers – are well positioned to serve as examples for communities all across the rankings list,” said Ashlin Jones, vice president of research and data sciences at Sharecare. “By collaborating to share responsibility, learnings and resources, our local leaders and organizations have boundless opportunities to give populations an edge with personalized approaches that address the well-being needs of our communities.”
10 Highest Well-Being Communities, 2016-2017
1 – Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
2 – Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
3 – Boulder, Colorado
4 – Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
5 – Charlottesville, Virginia
6 – Lynchburg, Virginia
7 – North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
8 – Santa Rosa, California
9 – Prescott, Arizona
10 – San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
10 Lowest Well-Being Communities, 2016-2017
177 – Flint, Michigan
178 – Rockford, Illinois
179 – Fayetteville, North Carolina
180 – Erie, Pennsylvania
181 – South Bend-Mishawaka, Indiana-Michigan
182 – Binghamton, New York
183 – Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, North Carolina
184 – Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi
185 – Canton-Massillon, Ohio
186 – Fort Smith, Arkansas
The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index examines well-being across the nation with 186 communities studied and ranked based on their Well-Being Index scores. Community well-being is analyzed across five elements:
- Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
- Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
For more information about the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index annual community rankings, download the complete report.
About the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index™
The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index is an ongoing measurement of well-being, with more than 2.5 million surveys fielded to date. The partnership between Gallup and Sharecare merges decades of clinical research, health care leadership and behavioral economics expertise to track and understand the key factors that drive greater well-being for individuals and populations. Gallup and Sharecare aim to create a healthier world through knowledge, information and action informed by the data and insights gathered.
The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest possible well-being and 100 represents the highest possible well-being. Through ongoing nationally representative surveys, the Well-Being Index creates a composite picture of health and well-being within the U.S. To learn more, visit www.well-beingindex.com.
Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students and citizens than any other organization in the world.
Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. In addition to providing individual consumers with direct access to award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare also helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com.