Survey: Floridians’ Not So Sunny View Of Life

MIAMI (CBS4) – Many assume that Floridians live the best life. They’re close to the beach, the sun shines a lot, and the weather is generally pleasant. But, a new survey from Gallup-Healthways found that Floridians don’t have a positive view of their life.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that Florida is ranked 37th out of the 50 states when it comes to overall well-being. The index is an average of six indexes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.

According to the index, Floridians rank 46th out of 50 states when it comes to life evaluation; 39th when it comes to work environment; and 16th when it comes to healthy behavior. So, at least Floridians are trying to exercise healthy behavior.

When it came to cities in the Sunshine State, Gainesville topped the ranks for overall well-being. On the flip side, the Palm Bay metro area came in last in the state and near the bottom in the country, ranking 156th out of 188 metro areas analyzed.

But, breaking the numbers down by Congressional district found some disheartening news for South Florida. The 17th Congressional District, which includes areas like Liberty City, Miramar, and North Miami Beach, was ranked the third worst in the nation when it comes to overall well-being.

The 17th District ranked dead last in the country when it came to life evaluation. The Life Evaluation Index includes a self-evaluation of two items: present life situation and anticipated life situation five years from now.

Perhaps the most troubling for the area was that the year over year decline saw the District’s overall well-being drop from roughly the middle of the rankings, to nearly last. Life evaluation dropped from the top quarter of the rankings to dead last in just one year.

The 25th District also saw a precipitous drop in its overall well-being index. In 2009, it was ranked 169th; in 2010 it was ranked 396th out of 436 Congressional Districts.

Gallup and Healthways conduct the study by interviewing “no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day, nearly 350 days a year. Respondents are asked a series of 56 questions related to their health and well-being.”

Each daily sample includes a minimum quota of 150 cell phone respondents and 850 landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas among landline respondents for gender within region.

Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.

  • John

    Miami is a toilet

  • Gina

    What a bunch of cry babies. This is a great place to live! If you don’t like how your life is going, get off your whiney hinney and so something to change it!


      Gina: with all your respect: DO you live in BRICKELL or KENDALL?

      iI’ve lived in FLORIDA, since 1973, lived up North since 1959, I am alsmost 60 have worked since I was 10 years of age, and …

      Think that south florida in Particular is a CESSPOOL: no decency, no morals, and unfortunately our new GOVERNOR cannot find the DONUT nor the DONUT HOLE.

      Look around: GIN-GIN, please let me know answers to my Questions, and if you are still BREAST FEEDING….

  • Sarastro34

    As a Florida resident, I report the mood has gone way down – first the housing bubble burst as we see the banks as we watch the banks and Wall St walk away with hundreds of billions of $. Now we have to deal with crooked republican supervisors of elections flipped into office by Jeb Bush who now stack the votes for rethuglicans like Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Vern Buchanan, Pam Bondi – and there is nothing we can do about it for 4 years – and they can walk away without any accountability while the social network here goes in the toilet. We have already watched as fees have gone way up so they can give money to the rich, now they are destroying public education so they can sell off the schools to “privatize” and make more money for the rich. Rick Scott is looking to create a Police State here, privatized to make him and his friends richer. My European friends are selling off their houses and leaving in disgust; many others are just moving back north, while my house continues to go down in value every month. And – the restaurants here are hurting when they should be full – it is called demoralization – coming soon to a location near you!

    • sniper bob

      Don’t forget the ugly urban sprawl, with ensuing traffic. The Influx (whether by migration or birth rate) of those who didn’t bring their money with them, which causes crime. Politicians who give money to Billionaires off the plates of homeowners. Not a good scenario. Hey, there’s always Hurricane Season coming up too!

  • Walter Abrahams

    Miami is a toilet, and full of loosers. The Hispanics turned Mi-Jami into garbage… please Hispanics do not respond to my post thinking that you made Miami so gorgeous and pleasant to live in. This was due to 1980 and
    the Cuban boatlift. The drivers are reckless and most do not even know basic rules of the road or can use a directional.

    If you are reading this from out of state DO NOT plan your summer vacation in Broward, Miami or Miami Beach. All you will come in contact with is rude people and lousy places to eat.

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