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Bakersfield is ranked 183 out of 189 metropolitan statistical areas nationwide in the Gallup 2012 Well-Being Index released last week. Charleston, WV; was worst, followed by Huntington-Ashland, WV-Ky-Ohio; and Mobile, Ala. 

Lincoln, Neb.; Boulder, Colo.; and Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.; were tops. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles ranked No. 10 nationwide, the highest-ranked California area.

Gallup says the Well-Being Index is "an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. ..."

"Compared to low well-being cities, residents of high well-being cities usually have much lower rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and physical pain," a Gallup news release said. "They rate their lives higher today and in the future, and are much more likely to think that the city or area where they reside is 'getting better as a place to live.' They are more likely to have enough money for food, medicine, and shelter. They are less likely to be depressed and are more likely to report positive workplaces."


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