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Boulder ranks as No. 1 city in well-being survey

Colleen O'Connor
The Denver Post

Life in Boulder is indeed good, maybe the best for any city in the U.S., according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Monday.

Oh, happy, happy, joy, joy!

Over a two-year period, Gallup took the pulse of the American public, quizzing 1,000 random people per day across the country about key elements of their lives: physical, emotional, social and professional, as well as their perceptions about present and future possibilities.

The Well-Being Index asked questions about health habits – Did you smoke today? – and work environment – Do you like your job? The poll also asked respondents to evaluate their lives – Do you feel as though you are struggling? – and whether respondents had access to basic things, such as food, shelter and health care.

Though the American public started 2009 a bit in the dumps, logging a composite score of 64.1 out of a possible 100, by the end of December, the outlook was improved, at 66.1. A perfect score indicates “fully realized well-being.”

Trouble spots for the nation include work environment (48.4) and life in general (49.3). Attitudes were buoyed by emotional health (78.7) and physical health (76.5) as well as basic access (82.3).

Colorado ranked No. 7 among the states, down three places from the previous year.

Boulder topped the list of cities, up from No. 9 in 2008.

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