Here’s a new map of well-being for America’s 350-plus metro areas. It’s based on surveys with more than one million Americans from data from the Gallup-Heathways Well-Being Index. Well-being follows the same basic bicoastal pattern as income, human capital, and the creative class, being higher on the coasts than in the Midwest and Sunbelt.
The chart above shows the top performers in the sub-categories that make up the overall Well-Being Index. Smaller metros and college towns – like Boulder and Santa Fe – do especially well.