Local Residents Happiest of Country’s Big-City Dwellers

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(Washington Examiner) — Residents in the Washington region are happier than those who live in other large U.S. cities, according to the latest well-being rankings from Gallup.  The D.C. area ranks first among the nation’s 52 largest cities — those with 1 million or more residents — in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.  The score includes factors such as “emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities,” according to the index’s Web site.  The results show that 85 percent of those who live in the D.C. metro area don’t smoke and 72 percent visit a dentist annually, two factors that increases a person’s well-being in the rankings.

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