The Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being – 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings examines well-being across the nation. In all, 189 communities were ranked based on their Well-Being Index Score.
The five elements ranked are: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
The 2016 Community Well-Being Ranking, published in March 2017, defined the five elements as:
- “Purpose” liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
- “Social” having supportive relationships and love in your life.
- “Financial” managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
- “Community” liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.
- “Physical” having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
Why is benchmarking these five elements important? As we all know, where you live can impact your health and well-being. According to Gallup-Healthways, the data and insights can be used as a call-to-action for communities around the country to identify opportunities for well-being improvement.
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The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where zero represents the lowest possible well-being and 100 represents the highest possible well-being.
In 2015-2016, seven of the top 25 well-being communities were in California. In terms of low well-being three communities in California ranked in the lowest 25.
Sacramento Well-Being Ranking
So where is Sacramento in the ranking? The Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade area is #66 with a score of 62.2.
The ranking of the Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade score elements are:
- 109 – Purpose Rank
- 70 -Social Rank
- 39 – Financial Rank
- 117 – Community Rank
- 59 – Physical Rank
California Community Ranking (Highest Quintile)
- #3 – Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (Score 65.9)
- #7 – San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA (Score 65.2)
- #17 – Santa Rosa, CA (Score 64.0)
- #19 – Salinas, CA (Score 64.0)
- #22 – San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (Score 63.9)
- #25 – Visalia-Porterville, CA (Score 63.8)
- #31 – San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (Score 63.5)
- #33 – Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (Score 63.4)
California Community Ranking (Second Quintile)
- #39 – San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (Score 63.3)
- #53 – Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (Score 62.8)
- #66 – Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA (Score 62.2)
- #73 – Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (Score 62.1)
California Community Ranking (Third Quintile)
- No California listing.
California Community Ranking (Fourth Quintile)
- #114 – Modesto, CA (Score 61.4)
- #125 – Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (Score 61.3)
California Community Ranking (Fifth Quintile)
- #166 – Stockton-Lodi, CA (Score 60.5)
- #172 – Bakersfield, CA (Score 60.3)
- #183 – Chico, CA (Score 59.5)
I have to admit that I was somewhat surprised by Sacramento’s ranking. The Financial Rank of 39 certainly did not help the overall score. When I looked at other California cities on the list things became a bit clearer. For example, the Financial Rank of nearby (#31) San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 13 and nearby (#39) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 12!
These numbers are a reminder of something we already know – California is a high cost of living state and it is less expensive to live in Sacramento than the Bay Area!
See related blog post: Where Does Sacramento Rank?
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