Adam McCann reports that WalletHub analyzed 180 cities across key metrics like health (number of doctors, cost of care, hospital beds per capita and more), food, fitness and green spaces to determine which cities in America were the best and worst when it came to overall health. Here’s what they found.
- San Francisco, CA, was determined to be the healthiest city in the US, as it ranked first among healthy food options and green spaces, followed by Seattle (WA), San Diego (CA), Portland (OR), Salt Lake City (UT), Honolulu (HI), Austin (TX), Denver (CO) South Burlington (VT) and Washington DC.
- On average medical visits in Laredo (TX) cost the least, whereas visits in Juneau (AK) cost the most.
- A monthly fitness-club membership costs the lowest in Glendale (AZ) and Lewiston (ME), and costs the mosts in New York (NY) and Juneau (AK).
- Grand Prairie (TX) has the fewest health restaurants per capita in the country, whereas Portland (OR) has the most, followed by New York (NY) and Los Angeles (CA).
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In general, the healthiest cities tend to have a lower rate of obesity and heart disease, while the unhealthiest cities tend to have a higher rate of both. However, there are a few exceptions. For example, both Atlanta and Memphis have high rates of obesity and heart disease, but they are also among the healthiest cities in America.
It is also important to consider the socio-economic factors that can impact health. For example, cities that have a higher percentage of low-income residents are more likely to have higher rates of obesity and heart disease. Conversely, cities with a higher percentage of wealthy residents are less likely to have these health problems.