The obvious way to look for healthiest cities is to dive deeper into how the city encourages and facilitate a healthy lifestyle for its residents.
We have analyzed some healthy community measures like obesity rate, percentage of population with access to good food and other stats. Also, we checked whether the city is having right infrastructure supporting healthy living, and access to parks and farmers markets. Finally, we present our list for top 5 healthiest cities in America.
The residents of Minneapolis breathe clean and fresh air, prioritize exercise and keep their weight in control. It is the first city to add bike trails and ban smoking in public areas. If you are living in Minneapolis-St. Paul, you are less likely to suffer from complex health issues like diabetes, cardiovascular, asthma, etc. and more likely to enjoy good health and happiness. The city has lots of free spaces, parks, and walking areas, and you see most of the people walking everywhere. The city is mostly occupied with parkland, offering a lot of ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, dog parks, recreation centers, golf courses, and more.
The nation’s capital spends more per resident to take care of the parks, and there will be no space for tourists to walk when they visit any of the parks in the mornings. Most of the parks in the city are occupied by joggers and cyclists. Parks is just one factor but DC even offers a good number of tennis courts, swimming pools, and recreational centers. The residents take five plus servings of fruits and vegetables every day, made easier by the presence of farmers markets. The people in the city are more likely to walk or bike or take public transport to work, and are less likely to be obese. The area boasts higher percentage of qualified primary health care providers per capita than other cities. Also, the death rate for diabetes and all the types of cardiovascular diseases is less in this city.
The amount of parkland available in Boston is less, but most of the people take bikes or walk to the workplace, and lowers the rate of people suffering from diabetes and obesity. The people who don’t walk or bike are likely to take public transport, which involve walking at least few blocks at the end of the route. The Boston residents are healthy eaters, the city boasts farmers markets, and most of the people take 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
Portland is well-known for vast amount of parkland, many farmers markets, health care availability, and the popularity of biking or walking or taking a public transport to work. A high ratio of parks to people, and easy access to coast and mountains, make the city a hub for outdoor fun – windsurfing, snowboarding and more.
With Rocky Mountains as a dramatic backdrop, there is no shortage of zeal to get out and get moving. That’s something locals do regularly. The crisp mountain air has good feel, and makes you feel fresh, clean, and healthy to breathe in the air. The city is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and hiking trails that make your fitness dream. The obesity and smoke rate falls under 23% and 18% respectively. Additionally, it’s one of the greenest cities in America, which is essential for economic development and social wellbeing. Also, there is a large community for cycling, running, and triathlon clubs welcoming different skill levels. The rate of cardiovascular diseases is lower than average and Denver people are less likely to have diabetes, be obese, have asthma, etc. The city even boasts plenty of golf courses, swimming pools, dog parks, tennis courts, and more.