Sue Thoms | sthoms1@mlive.comBy Sue Thoms | 
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on April 08, 2014 at 2:58 PM
Holland SP ice 19.JPGVisitors make their way toward frozen Lake Michigan at Holland State Park in the evening of Sunday, February 23, 2014. Holland-Grand Haven was ranked highest for physical health in Gallup Healthways 2013 State of American Well-Being. 

The Holland-Grand Haven area fares well in a national report on Americans' health and happiness - ranking No. 1 for physical health and access to basic necessities.

The rankings are included in the Gallup Healthways 2013 State of American Well-Being report.

Overall, Holland-Grand Haven ranked 26 of 189 metropolitan statistical areas. That’s an improvement over last year’s ranking of 36.

Ann Arbor ranked No. 6 in the country. And the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area is No. 85 this year, compared with 47th last year.

Related: Ottawa County healthiest in the state; Kent County No. 16

The Gallup Healthways report is based on 178,000 telephone interviews in 2012-2013 about Americans’ perceptions on physical and emotional health and factors that affect it.

The report includes a breakdown of scores in six categories – life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access (to necessities).

Holland-Grand Haven, in claiming the top spot for physical health, displaces Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. And the West Michigan community’s No. 1 ranking for basic access matches its achievement in the 2008-2010 report.

Ann Arbor ranked highest in life evaluation for the second year in a row.

Here are Well-Being rankings for other Michigan communities.

• Lansing-East Lansing – 71

• Kalamazoo-Portage - 109

• Detroit-Warren-Livonia - 158

• Flint - 165

Here are other findings from the report:

• Provo-Orem, Utah, received the highest Well-Being Index score.

• The lowest Well-Being score went to Huntington-Ashland, in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

• Honolulu, Hawaii is rated highest in emotional health.

• The best ranking for work environment is claimed by San Luis Obiso-Paso Robles, Calif.

• Salinas, Calif., is rated highest in healthy behaviors.

The full report is available through Gallup and Healthways.

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