Minneapolis area ranks in top five in national well-being survey

The Minneapolis area was ranked as one the top five metropolitan areas in the nation to live in for what constitutes a good life, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey . The survey was developed to provide the official measure for health and well-being of Americans and measures the daily pulse of the nation’s well-being and provides best-in-class solutions for a healthier world.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score measures for each city an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. Of the six sub-indexes that comprise the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, San Jose and Minneapolis had the highest scores on two indexes each in 2009 (Physical Health and Healthy Behaviors in San Jose and Emotional Health and Basic Access in Minneapolis). Minneapolis also scored high on access to health insurance and to adequate shelter at all times of the year.

San Jose, Calif., and the Washington, District of Columbia metro area led the 52 largest metro areas surveyed with the highest in the well-being index survey. Raleigh, NC, the Minneapolis metro area and San Francisco, Calif., rounded out the top five.

Published Feb 16, 2010