Baby boomers in the North Carolina mountains are a happy lot. Presumably that includes those who live and play at Connestee Falls, near Brevard.
The Gallup polling firm and Healthways, a health management company, have published the results of more than 350,000 interviews they conducted last year to assess the anxiety level of Americans regarding health, wealth and general well being. The web site ahiphiwire.org published the results, broken down by congressional district.
Although the data can be cut any number of ways -- by gender, race, income and age -- I was most interested in the attitudes of folks in my age cohort, 45 to 64, which I suspect comprises most of those considering golf real estate. The results are displayed at the web site on a map of the U.S., by congressional districts.
In the southeastern U.S., attitudes are all over the place, with no
If you want to be surrounded by baby boomers who are happy, consider the mountains of North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, which are covered in the dark green on the map, signaling the top 20%. Asheville, NC, and Knoxville, TN, and their surrounding areas are rife with excellent golf communities and knockout views. Ditto the upstate area of South Carolina, home to the high-end Cliffs Communities, where Tiger Woods is designing his first U.S. golf course; that part of the map is covered in the light blue representative of the second-highest quintile.
Florida is a mosaic of colors, the happiest baby boomers living in the high net wealth area of the Palm Beaches and the unhappiest, not surprisingly, in the area of Miami, hardest hit by the bad economy and housing crisis. Mississippi is one of the unhappiest states, whereas Alabama and Texas look much like Florida. Virginia appears to be the most contented state in the southern U.S. among baby boomers.
When choosing a place to live, remember that attitude is infectious, for better or worse. So too is noodling around the Well-Being map. Click here for access.