Apparently Southern New England is a pretty gloomy place these days.
The overall wellbeing of residents in the Providence region was the third-lowest among the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan areas last year, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The Providence metro area – which stretches from Rhode Island into Fall River and New Bedford – tied with Louisville, Ky., and topped only Tampa and Las Vegas. When metros of all sizes are included, Charleston, W.V., had the lowest wellbeing.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score is based on six metrics: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. A score of 100 is ideal.
As this chart shows, Providence residents were more likely to have health insurance and were basically average for rates of diabetes and obesity compared with other large metro areas. But locals were significantly less optimistic than their peers in other places: