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Boulder, Fort Collins get high marks in rankings for well-being

University of Colorado in Boulder

DENVER — According to a survey of 189 cities and metropolitan areas conducted by Gallup and Healthways, Boulder and Fort Collins have the second- and third-highest levels of well-being in the U.S.

Provo, Utah, was ranked first, according to the survey, while Huntington, W.Va., was last.

The survey, in its sixth year, included more than 500,000 interviews with people, who were asked about their emotional and physical health, their job satisfaction, safety where they live, and access to food, shelter and health care.

Boulder ranked No. 1 last year.

“We have a lot of respect for Boulder,” Provo Mayor John Curtis told USA Today.

Denver-Aurora was pegged at No. 18, with Greeley at No. 45 and Colorado Springs at No. 58.

In the state rankings, Colorado dropped from second to seventh, with North Dakota making the jump from No. 19 in 2012 to No. 1 in 2013.

“The goal is not to make any community or population feel bad about results,” Patrick Bogart, Gallup’s director of client services, told USA Today. “Our goal is to get leaders thinking about how they can enhance well-being.”

The top 10 were: Provo-Orem, Utah; Boulder; Fort Collins-Loveland; Honolulu; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Naples-Marco Island, Fla.; San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; and Lincoln, Neb.

The bottom 10 were: Evansville, Ind.-Ky.; Mobile, Ala.; Shreveport-Bossier City, La.; Columbus, Ga., Ala.; Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas; Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Redding, Calif.; Charleston, W.Va.; and Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio.