Charleston, W.V., Worst for Well-Being, Gallup Poll Finds

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Charleston, W.V. comes in last for well-being, Gallup found. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Despite its slogan - Hip, Historic … Almost Heaven - Charleston, W.V., comes in last on Gallup's latest well-being poll.

The city scored a meager 60.8 points on the pollster's well-being index - a 100-point scale measuring physical and emotional health, work environment and access to basic necessities.

The nearby Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area scored 61.2, landing in the bottom two for the third year in a row.

Mobile, Ala., Utica-Rome, N.Y., Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C., and Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla., round out the roster of frequent bottom dwellers.

Topping the list was Lincoln, Neb., which scored 72.8, landing in the top 20 cities for the third year in a row. Honolulu came in first for emotional health, and Charlottesville, Va., ranked No. 1 for physical health, according to the poll.

Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Well-Being

Lincoln, Neb. - 72.8

Boulder, Colo. - 72.7

Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. - 72.4

Provo-Orem, Utah - 71.7

Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. - 71.6

Barnstable Town, Mass. - 71.5

Honolulu, Hawaii - 71.5

Ann Arbor, Mich. - 71.4

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C., Va., Md., W.V. - 71.3

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif. - 71.2

Bottom 11 Metropolitan Areas for Well-Being

Charleston, W.V. - 60.8

Huntington-Ashland, W.V., Ky., Ohio - 61.2

Mobile, Ala. - 62.4

Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas - 62.5

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C. - 62.7

Fort Smith, Ark., Okla. - 62.9

Bakersfield, Calif. - 63.0

Evansville, Ind., Ky. - 63.1

Rockford, Ill. - 63.1

Spartanburg, S.C. - 63.4

Utica-Rome, N.Y. - 63.4

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