Are you Moving to One of the Healthiest Cities in the US?
If you’re about to move to an entirely new city, you’ve got a lot on your plate. In fact, the plate feels so full that it’s about to snap in half. Hang in there! Your new adventure awaits.
Aside from the length of your work commute or the quality of schools, you may have other unanswered questions about the defining characteristics of your new town. No, we don’t mean how near or far the local bar is from your steps-but it could impact the answer to this one.
How healthy is your new city compared to others in the U.S.? That’s a good question.
The staff of Wallet Hub was determined to answer this for you. They dove into data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal resources.
Using the available data, they analyzed 174 of the most populated U.S. cities, comparing 40 health indicators within four key realms-health care, food, fitness and green spaces.
You don’t have to be a total health nut to be curious about whether yours was dubbed one of the Healthiest Cities in the U.S. Is the city you’ll soon call home healthy and thriving?
Top 10 Healthiest Cities in the US
Overall ranks represent the total score of all health indicators combined:
1. San Francisco, CA. Highlights: #1 on overall, food and green space rankings
2. Seattle, WA. Highlights :#2 in fitness and green spaces rankings
3. Portland, OR. Highlight: #4 in food ranking
4. San Diego, CA. Highlight: #5 in fitness ranking
5. Washington, DC. Highlight: #3 in green space ranking
6. Burlington, VT. Highlight: #5 in health care ranking
7. Scottsdale, AZ. Highlight: #1 in fitness ranking
8. Honolulu, HI. Highlight: #3 in food ranking
9. Irvine, CA. Highlight: #2 in health care ranking
10. Denver, CO. Highlight: #4 in fitness ranking
You can view the rankings of all 174 analyzed cities here. Crushed not to see your city on the list? If you’re moving to one of the following cities, know that data limitations kept it from the analysis: Dover, Delaware; Lewiston, Maine; Bismarck, North Dakota; South Burlington, Vermont; Juneau, Alaska; Pearl City, Hawaii; Columbia, Maryland and Casper, Wyoming.
But Wait-There’s More: The Best Vs. the Worst
The report also broke down the top 5 best and worst cities for each of the health indicators:
– Lowest Cost of Medical Visit: Laredo, TX– Highest Cost of Medical Visit: Worchester, MA
– Lowest Premature Death Rate: San Jose, CA– Highest Premature Death Rate: Charleston, WV
– Most Mental Health Counselors Per Capita: Billings, MT– Fewest Mental Health Counselors Per Capita: Cape Coral, FL
– Lowest % of Adults Not Eating Enough Fruits/Vegetables Per Day: Burlington, VT– Highest % of Adults Not Eating Enough Fruits/Vegetables Per Day: Gulfport, MS
– Most Healthy Restaurants Per Capita: Portland, OR– Fewest Healthy Restaurants Per Capita: Augusta, GA
– Most Dieticians and Nutritionists Per Capita: Raleigh, NC– Fewest Dieticians and Nutritionists Per Capita: Nashua, NH
– Lowest Average Monthly Cost of Fitness Membership: Bridgeport, CT– Highest Average Monthly Cost of Fitness Membership: Washington, DC
– Highest % of Physically Active Adults: Seattle, WA– Lowest % of Physically Active Adults: Newark, NJ
– Most Running Trails Per Capita: Washington, D.C.– Fewest Running Trails Per Capita: Stockton, CA
– Most Walking Trails Per Capita: San Francisco, CA– Fewest Walking Trails Per Capita: Pembroke Pines, FL
View Wallet Hub’s full city findings and methodology here.