Some love the mountains while others enjoy a hot day at the beach. A new report shows that the healthiest and happiest cities in the US are near the beach. If you want to live longer and have a better life, now it’s the time to pack your swimsuit and move in one of these cities.
The Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings shows that the cities that are near the ocean have a higher chance of pleasing their residents. For the second year in a row, Naples was the happiest and healthiest city in the US.
In order to conduct this study, researchers measured the physical health, financial security, sense of purpose, and social ties of residents from 189 cities in the US. They wanted to see if the city they live in has any effect on the well-being of the residents. The results showed that people are influenced by the city and the environment they reside in.
Naples, Florida, Provo-Orem, Utah, and Boulder, Colorado are the only cities that reached the first spot more than once. These reports began in 2008 and they showed the healthiest and happiest cities in the US since then. The researchers used the same method every year in order for their findings to be consistent.
Although the top spots changed from year to year, the statistics show that cities that are near the beach have a higher chance of ranking top positions when compared to cities in the center of the US. Besides the fact that the beach can be a factor that influences out happiness, the researchers mentioned that there are other factors that should be taken into consideration as well.
The scientists mentioned that the happiest cities are sometimes located near the beach due to the fact that clinical depression is less likely to hit people that live in such areas. They also mentioned that people who live near the beach eat healthier when compared to other people.
Despite the fact that the beach has some advantages, the happiest cities are ranked this way due to the fact that their residents enjoy financial stability and a sense of purpose. It is important to notice that these rankings change every year. Before 2018 begins, we should move to Naples, Florida, if we want to live in the healthiest city in the US.
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