Most Optimistic US Metro Area

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When it comes to the 190 metro areas in the United States, do you know which one's residents are the most optimistic about where they live?

If you picked Provo-Orem, Utah, you'd be correct. It ranked No. 1 with 76.0 percent of its residents feeling positive about the community.

Lafayette, La., and Raleigh-Cary, N.C., came in in second and third.

At the bottom of the list was Binghamton, N.Y., with just 27.8 percent of residents saying that it was getting better as a place to live.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, more than 350,000 U.S. adults were interviewed from January to December 2011 for the report.

Top 10 (Percent of people who say their city or area is getting better as a place to live.): 1. Provo-Orem, UT                                                76.0% 2. Lafayette, LA                                                      75.8% 3. Raleigh-Cary, NC                                               74.9% 4. Huntsville, AL                                                     74.3% 5. Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC                       74.2% 6. Lubbock, TX                                                       73.4% 7. Des Moines, IA                                                   73.0% 8. Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA                     72.9% 9. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO                               70.9% 10. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX                    70.3%

Bottom 10 (Percent of people who say their city or area is getting better as a place to live.): 1. Binghamton, NY                                                    27.8% 2. Flint, MI                                                                 34.1% 3. Rockford, IL                                                           36.5% 4. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA          39.7% 5. Syracuse, NY                                                          40.4% 6. Reno-Sparks, NV                                                   40.5% 7. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV                                       40.7% 8. Utica-Rome, NY                                                    40.8% 9. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA                               41.2% 10. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH                   41.3%

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