Providence residents have 3rd-lowest wellbeing of major cities

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:


7 thoughts on “Providence residents have 3rd-lowest wellbeing of major cities

  1. Optimism is down around here because things are pretty bad. Taxes are higher than ever. Food is expensive. Never mind family recreation. It’s virtually non existent unless you make $50,000.00 plus a year. We host great events, but venues charge an arm and a leg in admissions, concessions, memorabilia, etc. Life is just hard to enjoy. Schools cut more and more from extracurricular activities every year leaving parents the burden of paying for sports, dance, karate, etc. We all want what is best for our children so this cuts out any vacations, staycations, etc. Until cost of living goes up or taxes drop, we are all going to stay miserable.

    • Amen to “Melzy”. You forgot to include there are people out of work that do NOT collect any kind of state assistance .(because you make too much money(I didnt know 18,000. a year is too much)And there are a lot of Alien residents that are collecting from the state. The average entertainment is approx.$20 per person.Even the beach is expensive.

  2. Spot on Melzy. The only thing your wrong about in your statement is everyone remaining miserable till things change. Not everyone, the politicians seem like thier doing OK. Thier so not concerned about us, they have time to worry about legalizing pot, and gay marriage and let’s not forget the revolving rehab door most of them frequent. I don’t care who marrys who, nor do I care if your a pot smoker, JUST GET JOBS IN LITTLE RHODEY. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

  3. Look on the bright side, at least RI isn’t on the bottom of the barrel as usual. How the heck did that happen? For us three rungs up from the bottom is a bonus.

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