0274 – University Towns Score High in Well-Being

Gallup just released this a week ago. University Towns Score High in Well-Being:

Good to see good ol’ Ann Arbor high up on that list. In addition, Ann Arbor tops the list for life evaluation:

Residents of Ann Arbor rate their current lives and their lives in five years the best on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10 based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, giving the city the highest Life Evaluation Index score in the nation. Honolulu again led the nation with the best Emotional Health Index score, while Fort Collins, Colo., displaced a fellow Colorado city, Boulder, with the highest Physical Health Index score in the nation. Prescott, Ariz., had the highest Work Environment Index score, and residents living in Barnstable Town, Mass., had the highest Healthy Behaviors Index score. Appleton, Wis., which did not have a sufficient number of respondents to be reported in previous years, led the nation in residents with the best access to basic necessities.

If you’re intrigued, Gallup also has a neat tool that you can use to compare well-being across different regions.

Now, this is an interesting stat. Ann Arborites in general have indeed been giving off happy vibes. Incidentally, it’s also the greatest city for singles! So we must be doing something right here. Although I hope I won’t have to be in Ann Arbor for this reason. Please, God, send me someone soon.

Anyway, I wish I can delve deeper into this stuff, but unfortunately Gallup doesn’t release complete results of its surveys. From initial look, it seems like we do have the conditions of a great city – somewhat sheltered economy, vibrant job market, healthy options (e.g. local or organic food, public transportation, biking, etc).  That’s where I’m going to plug the Happiness Initiative again. It is aimed to gather comprehensive information of how you feel about your life and the typical conditions that affect happiness. I’m really excited to see what we can find out! Help this boy out and take the survey!


5 thoughts on “0274 – University Towns Score High in Well-Being

  1. louiscicc March 26, 2012 / 7:39 am

    Good post. I always wonder why AA rates so high on some of these lists.

  2. Diego Rizzo March 27, 2012 / 12:26 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty cool. I knew we were in the top cities for singles, but didn’t know that we were also in the top 10 for overall well-being. Interestingly, we are also in the top 10 most sexually active college campuses in the U.S. (I wish I could find the source for that… I read it online sometime this semester. Will edit this comment later if I manage to find it.) Guess that goes to show how awesome AA is ;P

  3. jjheller March 28, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    It seems that Ann Arbor has been topping every “Top ___” list I’ve seen! First I read that our rank went up in America, then I read we jumped up to the top 15 universities in the world, we are in the top 10 most sexually active colleges (I read that article as well Diego), and now we’ve topped this list. It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine, am I right?

  4. awernert March 29, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    This post made me think about my comparison from Ann Arbor to my home town. I feel that people here are more progressive, forward thinking, and certainly have aspirations to do great things. This may be a college town thing, but I believe all these qualities to be healthy for overall well-being. Maybe the trick is for us to take these traits elsewhere, and plant them into places where they may be void.

    • Pete W March 30, 2012 / 2:18 am

      “Maybe the trick is for us to take these traits elsewhere, and plant them into places where they may be void.”

      Very well-said! Each of us also has a unique identity and voice that we should not lose. I’m a big fan of self-actualization and following your own dreams. So I bring mine everywhere!

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