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Lack of community pride drags down Rockford’s ‘well-being’

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Lack of community pride drags down Rockford’s ‘well-being’

ROCKFORD – The Rockford area ranked 178th out of 189 metro areas studied for “well-being,” according to surveys conducted over 2015 and 2016 by Gallup, mostly because many residents here still don’t like where they live.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveyed at least 1,000 people a day for more than 700 days over those two years simply on how they felt about things. They broke the rankings down by:

  • Purpose – liking what you do and being motivated to achieve goals.
  • Social – having supportive relationships and love in your life.
  • Financial – managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  • Physical – having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
  • Community – Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.

In three of the five categories, residents surveyed in Boone and Winnebago counties were positively bullish about their lives.

  • Rockford ranked 89th in financial well-being, ahead of such places as Chicago and Indianapolis.
  • Rockford ranked 67th in purpose, in front of Peoria, Illinois, and Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Rockford ranked 42nd in social well-being, beating out Honolulu, Boulder, Colo., and St. Louis, among others.

With those scores, how could Rockford be ranked barely above cities such as Flint, Michigan, with its public water crisis and Fort Smith, Arkansas, a struggling manufacturing area with a per capita personal income of $34,065 – more than $5,000 less than Rockford?

Well, in terms of physical well-being, having the energy to get things done daily, Rockford metro respondents graded the area 174th out of 189. And in community, having pride in where we live, Rockford ranked 187th. Only residents in the Binghamton, New York, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, liked where they live less than Rockford.

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index – TOP 10

Rank

Area

Overall

Purpose

Social

Financial

Physical

Community

1.

Naples, Fla.

66.3

3

3

11

3

1

2.

Barnstable Town, Mass.

66.2

12

2

5

1

5

3.

Santa Cruz, Calif.

65.9

6

20

7

4

3

4.

Honolulu, Hawaii

65.4

21

53

3

7

6

5.

Charlottesville, Va.

65.3

13

5

23

6

13

6.

Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

65.2

14

4

1

14

12

7.

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

65.2

25

89

25

5

2

8.

Lynchburg, Va.

64.9

16

8

14

25

8

9.

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

64.9

7

1

26

20

27

10.

Boulder, Colo.

64.7

118

97

56

2

7

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index – ILLINOIS METRO AREAS

Rank

Area

Overall

Purpose

Social

Financial

Physical

Community

84.

Peoria

61.9

77

149

15

99

134

93.

Chicago

61.7

112

121

92

52

149

148.

Quad Cities, Ill.-Iowa

60.9

97

156

61

151

138

178.

Rockford

59.9

67

42

89

174

187

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index – BOTTOM 10

Rank

Area

Overall

Purpose

Social

Financial

Physical

Community

180.

Montgomery, Ala.

59.8

180

147

185

148

181

181.

Erie, Penn.

59.7

176

172

131

173

173

182.

Beaumont, Texas

59.5

127

183

181

183

153

183.

Chico, Calif.

59.5

167

170

177

185

155

184.

Flint, Mich.

59.4

163

127

145

171

185

185.

Canton, Ohio

59.4

187

187

122

166

169

186.

Topeka, Kansas

59.3

133

165

85

183

177

187.

Huntington, W.Va.

58.7

151

188

178

187

179

188.

Morgantown, N.C.

58.6

178

180

188

188

108

189.

Fort Smith, Ark.

57.5

188

189

189

189

175

 

 


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