by Allen J. Sheinman | April 25, 2014

The folks at Gallup recently released its rankings of the happiest, healthiest cities (as in their residents reporting the highest rates of well being) in the United States, so savvy planners might want to relocate a potentially acrimonious board meeting to one high on the list to see if the good vibes take hold. Here are the top 15 out of a total of 189 metropolitan areas, along with some well-known cities farther down the list.

1. Provo-Orem, Utah
2. Boulder, Colo.
3. Fort Collins–Loveland, Colo.
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
5. San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, Calif.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Naples–Marco Island, Fla.
8. San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, Calif.
9. San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont, Calif.
10. Lincoln, Neb.
11. Washington–Arlington–Alexandria, D.C., Va., Md., W.Va.
12. Bellingham, Wash.
13. Minneapolis–St. Paul–Bloomington, Minn., Wis.
14. Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine
15. Billings, Mont.

30. Austin–Round Rock, Texas
38. Salt Lake City, Utah
42. Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta, Ga.
43. Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana, Calif.
51. Phoenix–Mesa–Scottsdale, Ariz.
54. Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, Texas
101. Pittsburgh, Pa.
103. St. Louis, Mo.
110. New York–North New Jersey–Long Island, N.Y., N.J., Pa.
132. Cleveland–Elyria–Mentor, Ohio
144. Las Vegas–Paradise, Nev.
155. New Haven–Milford, Conn.
172. Dayton, Ohio
188. Charleston, W.Va.
189. Huntington–Ashland, W.Va., Ky, Ohio

Source: Gallup Inc. poll of 170,000 individuals nationwide; results accessible at