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Provo-Orem area tops Gallup list of best cities for well-being

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The results of a new Gallup survey once again indicate that Utah is the best place in the country as far as overall well-being is concerned.

On Tuesday, Gallup and well-being improvement solution provider Healthways released their latest "State of American Well-Being" index, which considers a variety of factors and ranks communities accordingly. Of the 189 communities surveyed, Utah's Provo-Orem area emerged as the best for well-being. It is the second time in the study's six-year history that it has taken top honors.

Provo-Orem is located about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City and is the flagship location for Brigham Young University. Sundance Resort is also located at nearby Provo Canyon, while Park City, site of the annual Sundance Film Festival and Utah Olympic Park, lies about an hour's drive away.

"This is not a fluke, onetime thing," Provo Mayor John Curtis said. "We're always up there at the top."

Boulder and Fort Collins-Loveland, two beautiful college towns in Colorado, rank second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five are Honolulu and California's San Jose-Santa Clara-Sunnyvale area.

To compile the index, Gallup-Healthways looks at factors including emotional/physical health, job satisfaction, healthy behaviors, community safety, and food/shelter/health care access. Between January 2012 and January 2013, the categories were assessed using telephone responses from over 500,000 people.

As for the worst communities for well-being, the bottom five on the list are Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C., Spartanburg, S.C., Redding, Calif., Charleston, W. Va., and finally Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio.

State-level reports will reportedly be made available online next month.

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