Mar 30, 2013 7:00am
Despite its slogan ? Hip, Historic ? Almost Heaven ? Charleston, W.V., comes in last on Gallup?s latest well-being poll.
The city scored a meager 60.8 points on the pollster?s well-being index ? a 100-point scale measuring physical and emotional health, work environment and access to basic necessities.
The nearby Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area scored 61.2, landing in the bottom two for the third year in a row.
Mobile, Ala., Utica-Rome, N.Y., Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C., and Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla., round out the roster of frequent bottom dwellers.
Topping the list was Lincoln, Neb., which scored 72.8, landing in the top 20 cities for the third year in a row. Honolulu came in first for emotional health, and Charlottesville, Va., ranked No. 1 for physical health, according to the poll.
Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Well-Being
- Lincoln, Neb. ? 72.8
- Boulder, Colo. ??72.7
- Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. ??72.4
- Provo-Orem, Utah ??71.7
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. ??71.6
- Barnstable Town, Mass. ??71.5
- Honolulu, Hawaii ??71.5
- Ann Arbor, Mich. ??71.4
- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C., Va., Md., W.V. ??71.3
- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif. ??71.2
Bottom 11 Metropolitan Areas for Well-Being
- Charleston, W.V. ??60.8
- Huntington-Ashland, W.V., Ky., Ohio ??61.2
- Mobile, Ala. ??62.4
- Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas ??62.5
- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C. ??62.7
- Fort Smith, Ark., Okla. ??62.9
- Bakersfield, Calif. ??63.0
- Evansville, Ind., Ky. ??63.1
- Rockford, Ill. ??63.1
- Spartanburg, S.C. ??63.4
- Utica-Rome, N.Y. ??63.4
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