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Large cities in U.S. top small towns in well-being

Staff Writer | November 21, 2017
Residents of highly populated communities have better overall well-being than their counterparts in less populated areas, based on their overall scores on the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index.
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America   Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
Overall, large communities have a Well-Being Index score of 61.7 so far in 2017, compared with 61.4 for midsized communities and 61.0 for small towns and rural areas.

These data are drawn from more than 121,000 interviews with U.S. adults across all 50 states from January 2-September 30, 2017.

The large sample size means that even small differences in Well-Being Index scores are statistically significant.

The main reason residents of larger communities have higher well-being is because they have much better physical health, with a score of 61.3 vs. 58.7 in small towns and rural areas.

However, residents of smaller communities do have advantages on other key elements of well-being.

For example, medium small communities have better purpose and financial well-being than the other three groups, while those who live in small towns and rural areas easily have the best community well-being.