The Island Packet
By Kelly Meyerhofer
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Another day brings another report confirming life in the Lowcountry is enjoyable year-round.
The 2016 State of American Well-Being, published this month, placed the collective Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort community ninth of 189 communities nationally, according to surveys by Gallup, which published the report.
The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where zero represents the lowest well-being and 100 represents the highest. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort metro area scored 64.9 points.
The index also ranks each community in five categories — purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort came in first for social, defined as “having supportive relationships and love in your life,” and ninth for purpose.
The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin metro area, 41st on the national list, was the second highest-ranked South Carolina community. Charleston came in at 49 and Myrtle Beach at 71.
Data for the report came from more than 350,000 interviews conducted in 2015 and 2016.
To read more about the report, visit www.well-beingindex.com/2016-community-rankings.