Happiest people in the US live in Naples, Florida

by Ray Clancy on March 18, 2017

The happiest people in America live in Florida with the Sunshine state having two locations in the top 10 of the latest well-being index covering the United States.

Overall Naples take the top spot in the index compiled by pollsters Gallup, making it healthier, wealthier and having the best weather. While North Port is placed sixth in the top 10.

In second place is Barnstable in Massachusetts, then Santa Cruz in California, Honolulu, and Charlottesville in Virginia in fifth. In seventh places in San Luis Obispo in California, followed by Lynchburg in Virginia, Hilton head in South Carolina and Boulder in Colorado.

It is the second consecutive year with Naples at the top of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index which takes into account social cohesiveness, financial security, and how often residents venture out to try new things.

It would seem that to be happy people want plenty of sunshine and jobs. It is suggested that better weather and tourism creates jobs and business gravitate to such areas.

But the research also found that emotional health has suffered since the 2016 Presidential election. The average percentage experiencing worry on any given day has increased 4.1% to 33.3% since early November.

Higher levels of worry were first evident after Donald Trump’s election in November, but they continued to rise in January and grew more in the first month of Trump’s presidency.

The percentage of Americans who say they experienced daily worry increased from 29.2% to 30.8% in the first month after Trump’s election, rose 0.9% in January and then increased 1.6% in the first month of Trump’s presidency.

The 33.3% of Americans feeling worried since Trump’s inauguration is the highest monthly average since the 33.7% recorded in September 2011, following the US debt ceiling crisis and Standard & Poor’s downgrading of the US credit rating. It is also similar to levels seen during the recession in 2009.

But stress levels have not risen as much, with a rise of 1.1% between Trump’s election and the month after his inauguration to 40.6% and higher than the 39.9% average since Gallup and Healthways began tracking this metric in 2008.

‘One relatively bright spot in these results is that Americans overall do not appear to be experiencing a large rise in stress, which is linked to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression,’ the report says.

‘Still, daily worry can negatively affect Americans’ overall well-being. Individuals can become preoccupied with news about the Trump administration and what new policies will mean for themselves and their families. And those highly worried could see their relationships, their work, and their emotional and physical health suffer,’ it adds.

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