Happy, happy, happy

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:42 PM

The Dallas-based magazine has ranked the Grand Haven/Holland metropolitan area third in the nation in an article, “America’s Most Satisfied Cities,” in its July/August issue.

Fort Collins, Colo., landed the top spot. San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles, Calif., was second.

Gabriella DeLuca, spokeswoman for the print and web publication, said the ranking was based on a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index study. Gallup surveyed thousands of Americans in 2012 and 2013 regarding physical and emotional health, job satisfaction, and access to basic needs for a comprehensive well-being index.

Last month, Yahoo Homes designated Grand Haven/Holland as the healthiest city in the nation out of 189 metropolitan statistical areas, based on the same Gallup survey.

According to Gallup-Healthways, Ottawa County ranked 44th lowest in obesity (23.4 percent), 17th lowest in blood pressure issues (23.9 percent) and 37th lowest in poverty rate (11.3 percent).

The satisfaction ranking was based heavily on residents feeling a sense of community, according to the magazine. Community plays “a significant role in creating life satisfaction — a key factor in living a happy life,” DeLuca said.

Smaller towns apparently breed more satisfaction, as no major metropolitan areas made the list.

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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