California's "well-being index" is just about average in a new nationwide survey measuring levels of healthy and happy living by the Gallup polling organization - but residents of the San Francisco Peninsula score the highest of any region in the nation.
It was the third year in a row that residents of California's affluent and bucolic 14th Congressional District scored the highest in the survey, which measured levels of diabetes, obesity, consumption of fresh produce, physical exercise, optimism and health insurance coverage.
Gallup surveyed more than 350,000 people nationwide to create its index and rankings by state and locality. The 14th Congressional District includes Redwood City, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View and Los Altos and is represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.
The nation's overall well-being index is 66.8 while California's score - 18th highest - is 67. Hawaii scored the highest at 71 while West Virginia is the lowest at 61.7. The full Gallup report can be found here.