Florida’s Gulf Coast has seen a string of pretty substantial accolades in the last few weeks.
-Best Place in Florida to Call Home: U.S. News & World Report named it No. 21 on its annual list of 100 best places to live.
– Best Place for Small Business: Sarasota-Bradenton ranked No. 1 by the Small Business Vitality Rankings
– Best Beach in the United States: TripAdvisor named Siesta Beach No. 1 in the United States
– Best Beaches in the World: Siesta Beach was ranked No. 5 in Top 25 Beaches in the World
Adding to the title trophy shelf, Gallup-Healthways released a study yesterday on the State of American Well-Being. Gallup-Healthways interviewed 354,000 individuals and supplemented the data with several socioeconomic, health, and crime data.
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton ranked at #6 in the United States for Highest Well-Being Communities. Our region is one of several oceanfront U.S. metro areas to rank highest in terms of residents’ overall well-being. Just over 64% of residents surveyed agree our community is the best they can imagine, nearly the largest share in the country and far higher than the 51.6% share of respondents nationwide.
Here is a look at the top 10 cities:
1. Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, FL
2. Barnstable Town, MA
3. Santa Cruz–Watsonville, CA
4. Urban Honolulu, HI
5. Charlottesville, VA
6. North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, FL
7. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles–Arroyo Grande, CA
8. Lynchburg, VA
9. Hilton Head Island–Bluffton–Beaufort, SC
10. Boulder, CO