WEATHER »
<b>LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH:</b>  Over the decades, efforts to open up Hollister Ranch’s rural countryside and unpopulated beaches have gotten tenacious pushback from those who don’t want its natural splendor (and world-class surf spots) loved to death.

Paul Wellman

LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH: Over the decades, efforts to open up Hollister Ranch’s rural countryside and unpopulated beaches have gotten tenacious pushback from those who don’t want its natural splendor (and world-class surf spots) loved to death.


Santa Barbara Ranks Twelfth in Wellness Study


Santa Barbara was ranked 12th among U.S. communities with the most “well-being,” according to a report published this month by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which surveyed 189 communities nationwide.

“Many of the top well-being communities hail from California,” the study said. The Golden State claimed seven of the top 25 cities. Santa Cruz ranked third, with San Luis Obispo at seventh.

California as a whole “was well represented,” noted New York Times California columnist Mike McPhate. “Geographical gifts, it would appear, don’t hurt.”

The study, performed in 2015 to 2016, analyzed residents’ well-being across five elements, including purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. More than 350,000 telephone interviews were conducted nationally to collect this information.

The report found California is also home to three of the 25 lowest well-being communities — Chico, Bakersfield, and Stockton.

“The data and insights from this report can be used as a call-to-action for communities around the country,” the study said.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Santa Barbara Rental Prices Have Skyrocketed Over the Last Five Years

The average rent for a South Coast studio is $1,553.

Trio Stops the Show at Board of Education

More than a dozen appeal to Santa Barbara Unified School District to maintain music classes and programs.

Santa Barbara District Attorney Endorses Villaraigosa for Governor

Joyce Dudley preferred the former Los Angeles mayor’s positions on crime and education.

San Marcos Principal Files Suit Against Santa Barbara Unified School District

Ed Behrens charges emotional and physical distress due to demotion.

City Water Use Hits 1958 Levels

Population was twice today's; revenue close to falling short of expenses.