Large cities in U.S. top small towns in well-beingStaff 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.
America Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
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. ■