Appleton ranks high in “Well-Being” survey

Appleton is one of the best cities in the nation when it comes to overall well-being. That’s according to the annual Gallup-Healthways “Well-Being Index.” Appleton is ranked the second best among the nation’s small cities, and the 10th best overall.

Wisconsin’s well-being is a little above average. The Badger State ranks 22nd. Gallup calls a-thousand Americans a day to ask about their well-being – things like their emotional health, work environment, and eating and exercise habits. They’re also asked how they’re doing financially – and how well they’re getting essentials like food, shelter, and medicine.

Only Charlottesville Virginia rates above Appleton as the small city with the best well-being. Lancaster Pennsylvania was first among all communities. The Twin Cities metro, including far western Wisconsin, is ranked 18th. Madison is 26th, and Green Bay is next in 90th. The Twin Cities is the fourth best among big-city metros.

Hawaii has the best overall well-being as a state. West Virginia ranks last.

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