Mayor Winnecke tells 14 News this survey is an "unscientific opinion poll" that is meant to simply stir up a little controversy. He says it doesn't represent the progress the area is making.
According to the poll out of nearly 190 U.S. metro areas, Evansville ranked 180 for overall well-being.
The survey results came from 789 telephone survey takers from Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey and Gibson counties, as well as the Kentucky counties of Henderson and Webster.
The results are based on healthy behaviors, emotional health, obesity, smoking, job satisfaction, places where people can learn new and interesting things and overall safety.
Evansville was ranked 182 last year in a similar poll, and for that reason, Mayor Winnecke says it's nearly worthless.
"I would ask, 'What good is it? What purpose does it really serve?' I'm not sure that it serves any true purpose. There's so much vibrancy in our community. I certainly recognize there are many of our citizens that have problems and I don't want to dismiss those, but by and large this is a very vibrant community. I think we have a lot of progressive projects going on," Winnecke says.
Some of those projects like Energize Evansville, the Greenway Project, and local farmer's markets represent a high level of well-being in the city.
Mayor Winnecke also notes the addition of the IU Med School, the downtown convention hotel and the continued success of the Ford Center, which is evident right now during the Elite Eight tournament.
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