Sutherland Institute blogged today about Gallup’s finding of Utah being the first in the nation in a measure that they call city optimism. That is the number of residents who think their city is becoming a better place to live. As often is the case with good things, the Provo-Orem area is the national leader in city optimism. 76.9% of residents think that their city is becoming better. The next closest areas are Austin, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, but the gap is pretty wide. Salt Lake City area optimism rating is 64.5.Provo-Orem is the second in overall wellbeing in populations between 300,000 and 1 million residents – second only to Boulder. City optimism is better here, but we have higher incidents of obesity and diabetes and lower exercise frequency than Boulder.