Bellingham is regularly landing on "best community" lists for a variety of topics this year, with the latest focused on health.
According to a report done by Gallup-Healthways, Bellingham ranked at the top of the small communities category in the Well-Being Index.
Also making the list was Yakima, coming in as ninth best in the U.S. The Seattle area ranked ninth in the large communities category.
The study used a variety of factors to determine the well-being of a community: Life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior and basic access to services.
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Here's a (link) to the complete report, which is called the State of American Well-Being.