Study gives Beaufort residents highest marks for well-being

Lowcountry residents boast high well-being according to recent Gallup poll. Photo: Dock at Pinckney Retreat in Beaufort

Lowcountry residents boast high well-being according to recent Gallup poll. Photo: Dock at Pinckney Retreat in Beaufort

The Lowcountry boasts one of the nation’s highest marks for well-being, a Gallup survey reported Tuesday.

Gallup has the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metro area tied for eighth on its list of the “Highest 10 Communities in Overall Well-Being.” Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla., was first for the second consecutive year.

Gallup and Healthways surveyed 189 communities for the list. They based the well-being scores on two-year rolling averages, the report said, conducting more than 354,000 interviews from Jan. 2, 2015 to Dec. 30, 2016.

This is the Beaufort County metro area’s first appearance on the list, the report said. It previously did not have enough completed interviews for its results to be reported.

The area posted a score of 64.9, tied with Lynchburg, Va., out of a possible 100 in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The index is based on five elements:

• Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
• Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life.
• Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
• Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community.
• Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
The report said Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort had the highest social well-being of the 189 communities surveyed.

Highest 10 Communities in Overall Well-Being, 2015-2016/Community Well-Being Index score

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Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla. 66.3
Barnstable Town, Mass. 66.2
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif. 65.9
Urban Honolulu, Hawaii 65.4
Charlottesville, Va. 65.3
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. 65.2
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, Calif. 65.2
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort 64.9 / Lynchburg, Va. 64.9
Boulder, Colo. 64.7

— Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

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