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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hickory Metro 2014 - Tied for 4th Most Miserable in the United States

The Hound: From dead last in 2010 to 5th worst last year to tied with three cities for 4th worst this year. We aren't the worst in any category this year, but we skew towards the bottom in every category, which includes obesity, exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, smoking, stress, and the uninsured.

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Platform for a 21st Century Hickory - an Agenda on Health and Wellness

(Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Updated 08:30 AM ET)

Provo-Orem, Utah, Leads U.S. Communities in Well-Being - San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., tops large communities
- Gallup - Dan Witters

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Provo-Orem, Utah, has the highest Well-Being Index score (71.4) in the U.S. across 189 communities Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2012-2013. Also in the top 10 are Boulder, Colo.; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

At 59.5, Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, is the only community with a Well-Being Index score below 60. Huntington-Ashland also trailed all other metros in 2008, 2010, and 2011; its score of 58.1 in 2010 remains the lowest on record across five reporting periods spanning six years of data collection.

Charleston, W.Va., has the second-lowest score of 60.0. Redding, Calif.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; and Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.; round out the bottom six -- with the last three communities tied with a score of 62.2. None of these metro areas are strangers to the bottom 10 list, with each community having appeared at least once on the list in a prior reporting period.

The regional breakdown in well-being scores is largely consistent with Gallup and Healthways state-level results, which find well-being generally higher in the Midwest and West, and lower in the South. West Virginia, which is home to at least a portion of the two lowest-rated metro areas (Huntington-Ashland and Charleston), ranked last in the nation for well-being among states for the fifth consecutive year in 2013. The state of California ranked 17th in overall well-being in 2013, but nevertheless boasts three metros in the top 10 for 2012-2013.

The Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) described in this article are defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In many cases, more than one city is included in the same MSA, and the same MSA can cross state borders (such as Huntington-Ashland). All reported MSAs encompass at least 300 completed surveys in 2012-2013, and Gallup has weighted each of these samples to ensure it is demographically representative of that MSA.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The overall score and each of the six sub-index scores are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents the ideal. Gallup and Healthways have been tracking these measures daily since January 2008

Our Individual (Hickory-Lenoir-Marganton) Rankings:
Obesity - 28.7% of the people in our area. (Best: Boulder, Colorado 12.4% - Worst: Huntington, Ohio 39.5%)
Exercise - 48.1% of the people in our area. (Best: Anchorage, Alaska 62.3% - Worst: Lafayette, Louisiana 43.4%)
Eat Produce Frequently - 54.6% of the people in our area. (Best: Olympia, Washington 65.7%  - Worst: McAllen, Texas 46.7%) 
Smoke - 30.1% of the people in our area. (Best: Provo, Utah 7% - Worst: Charleston, Wesy Virginia 34.3%)
Daily Stress - 57.7% of the people in our area. (Best: Gainesville, Florida 48.5% - Worst: Naples, Florida 70.3%)
Uninsured - 23.2% of the people in our area. (Best: Springfield, Massachusetts 4.6% - Worst: McAllen, Texas 51.2%)

From 2013 - Hickory Metro - 5th Most Miserable in the United States - March 27, 2013
From 2010 - Hickory - The lowest well being in the United States of America - November 1, 2010

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