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Florida consistently wins awards for the best headlines in local news -- but the state now boasts another big title: home to the community with the best well-being in the United States.

Residents living in Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island, Florida, had the highest well-being according to a Gallup and Healthways survey released Tuesday that included more than 190 U.S. communities.

The top ranked large metro area was San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, California. On the flip side, residents of Charleston, West Virginia, came in dead last in well-being.

See the top 15 and bottom 15 cities revealed in the survey:

The polling outlet conducted more than 350,000 interviews over the course of their survey, focusing on five main factors that contribute to well-being:

  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals

  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life

  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security

  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community

  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

The Naples area saw a big jump from the 2012-2013 to the new 2014-2015 survey, moving from the number 7 ranked community to the top of the list. The California town of Salinas came in a close second, followed by North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida, Fort Collins, Colorado and Barnstable, Massachusetts.

The rest of the top fifteen areas spanned across the country, including Honolulu in Hawaii, Anchorage in Alaska, Boulder in Colorado, and Charlottesville in Virginia.

Gallup editors also noted that the towns that ranked at the bottom of the list mostly came from the rust belt, and had consistently ranked low since 2008.

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