Naples/Marco Island, Fla. Area is the Happiest, Healthiest City in the U.S. for the 3rd Year in a Row

Tuesday, March 13, 2018By JoNell Modys

Naples, Fla. (March 13, 2018) – For the third consecutive year, Naples and the nearby communities of Marco Island and Immokalee tops the ranking at the number one spot in the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being 2017 Community Rankings, released on March 13, 2018. The report measures how residents of 186 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. Communities are uniquely positioned to promote well-being improvement by transforming policies and environment so that people move naturally, eat wisely, connect, and have the right outlook—all of which can lead to living longer, better.


Not only is Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island the first community to rank #1 three years in a row, but it also is the first community to rank #1 or #2 across all five elements of well-being.


Greater Naples, Florida is actively engaged in the Blue Zones Project wellness initiative, with many area businesses, restaurants, and schools achieving Blue Zones Project Approved status for maintaining healthy workplace initiatives, restaurant menus and more.


This accolade adds to a list of recent recognitions. In 2016 and 2017, Naples/Marco Island was also:

  • Ranked #11 “Happiest City in the U.S.” by National Geographic
  • Named the “Best Beach Town To Live In” by WalletHub
  • Ranked in the top 10 “Best Adventure Travel Destination in the United States” by U.S. Tourism Quality Index

Ranked 3rd in “America’s Favorite Beach Towns” by Travel Leisure

  • Ranked 8th "Best Big City" in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler
  • Awarded a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award by ConventionSouth


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About Florida’s Paradise Coast
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and the Gulf Coast portion of Everglades National Park — has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining, family attractions and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all. Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 44 destinations on 14 different air carriers.


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