Lynchburg ranked in top 10 of healthiest, happiest cities study

    Gallup and Healthways has released its rankings of healthiest, happiest cities in the country and Lynchburg ranks #8 (Photo: Gallup and Healthways)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg has been ranked as one of the top 10 most healthiest, happiest cities, according to a new study by Gallup and Healthways.

    They titled it the State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings, and it was released on Tuesday.

    The study measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community, and sense of purpose.

    The rankings began in 2008.

    Naples, Florida was the number one healthiest, happiest city, according to Gallup-Healthways.

    “Naples does a lot of things right,” Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index told TODAY. “[People in] Naples really take care of themselves well.”

    The top 10 U.S. communities with the highest well-being are:

    • 1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida
    • 2. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
    • 3. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California
    • 4. Honolulu, Hawaii
    • 5. Charlottesville, Virginia
    • 6. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida
    • 7. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, California
    • 8. Lynchburg, Virginia
    • 9. Hilton Head Island–Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina
    • 10. Boulder, Colorado

    The 10 communities at the bottom of the list are:

    • 180. Montgomery, Alabama
    • 181. Erie, Pennsylvania
    • 182. Beaumont–Port Arthur, Texas
    • 183. Chico, California
    • 184. Flint, Michigan
    • 185. Canton–Massillon, Ohio
    • 186. Topeka, Kansas
    • 187. Huntington–Ashland, West Virginia–Kentucky–Ohio
    • 188. Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton, North Carolina
    • 189. Fort Smith, Arkansas–Oklahoma

    In the 2016 State Well-Being rankings, Virginia ranked 21 behind Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota, and Montana.

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