Boulder: Best in well-being


Boulder has been ranked as the top city in the nation when it comes to well-being.

The Gallup-Healthcare Well-Being Index (WBI) released its first rankings last year, based on states.

This week, in its first report on nearly 200 U.S. cities, the WBI announced that Boulder garnered the top ranking, based on more than 350,000 surveys completed in 2009.

The rankings are a composite of six related domains: life evaluation, physical and emotional health, healthy behavior, basic access and work environment. The rankings are intended to help leaders and citizens better understand their health and well-being, identify problems in their communities, advocate for targeted change and collaborate on solutions.

The complete set of 2009 state and city rankings is available at

With more than 725,000 surveys already conducted since it began in January 2008, the WBI is the first and largest survey of its kind, encompassing 1,000 surveys per day; 7 days a week, 350 days a year.