Study: Miamians Slightly Less Miserable Than in 2011

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Congratulations, we're 119th!

Gallup has once again released its annual Well-Being Index, and of the country's 189 metropolitan statistical areas, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano area came in 119th. Which still isn't that great, but it's a stark improvement from our 146th ranking in 2011.

So, what exactly is the Well-Being Index?

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score 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. The overall score and each of the six sub-index scores are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents the ideal. Gallup and Healthways have been tracking these measures daily since January 2008.

Here's Miami's ranking in those individual sub-indexes for 2012 compared to 2011:

So, we're moving on up. Slightly. As a state, Florida also jumped from 42nd in 2011 to 34rd this year. Though, the story is vastly different across the state.

The Naples-Marco Island area ranked 20th overall and in the top ten for medium-sized MSAs. Meanwhile, Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater is now in the bottom ten for larger MSAs.

Overall, the Naples, Tallahassee, Sarasota, Orlando, Fort Myers and Gainesville areas ranked higher than Miami. The Port St. Lucie, Ocala Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Lakeland, Tampa Bay, Palm Bay, and Pensacola areas all ranked worse.

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