The 10 Healthiest—and 10 Unhealthiest—Cities in the U.S.
Do you live in one of the healthiest cities in the U.S.? The researchers at The American College of Sports Medicine have your answer. They recently crunched the data and released a list of the healthiest cities in the country.
This year's healthiest city award goes to Washington, DC, with a score of 77.3 (out of 100). Our capital earned high scores for having a lot of public areas available for physical activity (like parks, pools, recreational centers, and tennis courts) and a high percentage of people walking, biking, or taking public transportation. Plus, the report indicated that 58.7 percent of people are considered to be in excellent or very good health.
Compare that to Memphis, Tennessee—the city that came in at the bottom of the list, where only 42.6 percent of people are considered to be in excellent or very good health. And it's not surprising why: Memphis scored low on exercise, fruit and veggie consumption, parkland area, and walking. Levels for smoking, obesity, and diabetes were high.
Top 10 Healthiest Cities in the U.S.: 1. Washington, DC
2. Minneapolis, MN
3. Portland, OR
4. Denver, Colorado
5. San Francisco, CA
6. San Jose, CA
7. Seattle, WA
8. San Diego, CA
9. Boston, MA
10. Sacramento, CA
10 Unhealthiest Cities in the U.S.: 1. Memphis, TN