These are the healthiest (and unhealthiest) cities in the US

Buddha once said, “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” And indeed, our health is one of the most important factors for success, longevity and altogether good life.

But what contributes to health? Sure, outlook has a lot to do with it. But we also have to consider whether our surroundings are conducive to healthfulness and whether the resources we need to thrive are available to us.

“First, ensure that you have easy access to affordable, healthy food — particularly produce,” Kristin Hocevar, an assistant professor at Southern Oregon University, told WalletHub. “Second, access to safe and appealing outdoor space is important. Even if you don’t live in a place where you can walk to work or the store, nearby parks or other outdoor spaces can help adults spend more time exercising as well as provide important resources for children.”

Two other major influencers could contribute to your health, or lack thereof, Hocevar cautioned.

“From a practical standpoint, affordability and good job opportunities are both also very important,” Hocevar said. “While it may not be immediately apparent that those are specifically good for our health, we want to like where we live and where we work, and struggling to afford an expensive city or working for an organization that isn’t a good fit can be stressful.”

Source: WalletHub

 

That’s all sound advice, but what about more concrete details? Well, we’re in luck: WalletHub studied four “key dimensions” — health care, food, fitness, and green space — in 174 U.S. cities to find out where the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the country are. Here’s what they discovered:

America’s healthiest places to live (The Top 25)

Overall Rank* City Total Score ‘Health Care’ Rank ‘Food’ Rank ‘Fitness’ Rank ‘Green Space’ Rank
1 San Francisco, CA 73.29 24 1 10 1
2 Seattle, WA 69.94 25 5 5 2
3 San Diego, CA 67.62 33 3 3 7
4 Portland, OR 65.73 47 6 17 4
5 Washington, DC 65.48 29 10 15 3
6 New York, NY 62.79 70 2 20 14
7 Denver, CO 61.93 60 15 2 16
8 Honolulu, HI 61.76 43 8 57 5
9 Scottsdale, AZ 61.37 12 41 1 19
10 Irvine, CA 61.26 2 30 16 11
11 Burlington, VT 60.95 13 28 7 18
12 Minneapolis, MN 60.85 3 22 41 9
13 Los Angeles, CA 60.30 68 4 12 38
14 Austin, TX 60.09 39 16 11 17
15 Chicago, IL 60.05 72 12 19 10
16 Huntington Beach, CA 59.70 8 37 9 34
17 Salt Lake City, UT 59.51 42 14 13 35
18 Fremont, CA 57.79 9 23 23 30
19 Atlanta, GA 57.71 75 26 6 28
20 Boston, MA 57.44 41 20 24 20
21 San Jose, CA 57.11 23 11 29 54
22 Glendale, CA 56.83 31 54 33 8
23 Raleigh, NC 56.55 11 27 4 85
24 Santa Clarita, CA 56.32 7 75 64 6
25 Portland, ME 56.05 18 24 59 40
26 Lincoln, NE 55.36 10 64 35 25
27 Philadelphia, PA 54.58 147 13 40 21
28 Virginia Beach, VA 54.57 5 74 30 33
29 Pittsburgh, PA 54.23 26 21 43 58
30 Orlando, FL 54.17 44 19 51 52
31 Madison, WI 54.14 14 67 54 26
32 Tampa, FL 54.01 80 25 26 36
33 Overland Park, KS 53.94 1 58 53 130
34 Oakland, CA 53.49 55 9 74 56
35 Long Beach, CA 53.47 37 32 69 29
36 Boise, ID 53.37 59 68 50 13
37 Fort Lauderdale, FL 53.06 44 40 58 46
38 Peoria, AZ 53.06 30 104 45 12
39 Miami, FL 53.03 78 7 73 67
40 Sacramento, CA 52.99 94 18 90 24
41 Santa Rosa, CA 52.99 71 52 37 32
42 Las Vegas, NV 52.93 163 17 8 50
43 Plano, TX 52.77 4 73 25 70
44 St. Paul, MN 52.73 28 66 49 31
45 Sioux Falls, SD 52.31 6 96 32 99
46 Tempe, AZ 51.80 58 46 44 60
47 Oceanside, CA 51.59 57 79 14 124
48 Garden Grove, CA 50.99 56 45 56 83
49 Vancouver, WA 50.85 66 84 18 109
50 St. Louis, MO 50.58 126 44 42 37
51 Phoenix, AZ 50.56 98 31 72 39
52 Richmond, VA 50.51 67 72 36 64
53 Aurora, CO 50.21 54 82 28 61
54 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 50.16 69 135 21 23
55 Rochester, NY 50.10 82 34 96 44
56 Tallahassee, FL 50.09 15 106 118 15
57 Colorado Springs, CO 49.98 83 89 27 49
58 Missoula, MT 49.97 40 148 52 41
59 Yonkers, NY 49.74 38 43 114 65
60 Chandler, AZ 49.63 32 81 22 119
61 Anaheim, CA 49.61 50 42 65 75
62 Charlotte, NC 49.53 51 53 31 106
63 Albuquerque, NM 49.07 116 50 63 43
63 Fargo, ND 49.07 35 107 55 77
65 Chesapeake, VA 49.06 17 129 70 42
66 Pembroke Pines, FL 49.02 27 55 84 155
67 Grand Rapids, MI 48.67 20 88 116 59
68 Cincinnati, OH 48.61 130 47 62 47
69 Tacoma, WA 48.59 104 63 39 104
70 Durham, NC 48.53 21 85 66 101
71 Des Moines, IA 48.37 19 94 94 89
72 Houston, TX 48.30 131 33 38 94
73 Spokane, WA 48.22 100 56 82 55
74 Omaha, NE 48.22 36 60 79 78
75 Baltimore, MD 48.11 87 29 105 57
76 Reno, NV 48.00 138 61 48 51
77 Gilbert, AZ 47.89 22 95 61 112
78 Wilmington, DE 47.79 46 91 144 27
79 Charleston, SC 47.66 34 97 95 87
80 Warwick, RI 47.58 52 77 75 133
81 Chula Vista, CA 47.33 62 69 34 127
82 Bridgeport, CT 47.14 74 108 68 86
83 West Valley City, UT 47.03 110 35 67 151
84 Cedar Rapids, IA 46.96 16 134 71 131
85 Providence, RI 46.79 112 57 110 48
86 Dallas, TX 46.69 141 36 60 90
87 St. Petersburg, FL 46.55 79 83 83 69
88 Tucson, AZ 46.13 121 51 91 63
89 Nashville, TN 46.08 90 49 99 80
90 Worcester, MA 46.04 84 102 80 84
91 Buffalo, NY 45.80 63 76 128 68
92 Milwaukee, WI 45.50 109 59 111 62
93 Aurora, IL 45.39 49 113 104 108
94 Rapid City, SD 44.99 48 115 107 126
95 Nashua, NH 44.89 76 156 47 115
96 San Antonio, TX 44.52 127 78 81 88
97 Henderson, NV 44.52 129 126 46 73
98 Jacksonville, FL 44.41 132 80 89 76
99 New Orleans, LA 44.31 158 114 115 22
100 Newport News, VA 44.17 64 130 103 96
101 Manchester, NH 44.11 93 141 77 100
102 Glendale, AZ 44.07 96 99 119 66
103 Santa Ana, CA 44.05 113 62 106 93
104 Billings, MT 43.92 65 117 120 110
105 Kansas City, MO 43.90 97 86 124 81
106 Mesa, AZ 43.83 77 87 78 143
107 New Haven, CT 43.75 92 132 135 45
108 Oxnard, CA 43.67 119 93 117 102
109 Jersey City, NJ 43.40 73 48 148 118
110 Anchorage, AK 42.97 134 100 141 53
111 Louisville, KY 42.95 101 65 108 128
112 Columbus, OH 42.77 89 71 147 98
113 Greensboro, NC 42.72 88 144 100 72
114 Riverside, CA 42.44 103 123 76 116
115 Knoxville, TN 42.26 117 112 132 79
116 Modesto, CA 42.23 156 125 86 74
117 Columbia, SC 42.00 61 109 134 164
118 Cleveland, OH 41.95 148 39 154 92
119 Salem, OR 41.91 99 111 121 139
120 Springfield, MO 41.64 125 152 97 82
121 Fort Worth, TX 41.28 120 92 101 142
122 Port St. Lucie, FL 41.24 102 121 98 165
123 Norfolk, VA 41.22 86 128 137 97
124 Charleston, WV 41.16 85 138 146 91
125 Cheyenne, WY 40.96 81 162 88 167
126 Lexington-Fayette, KY 40.82 53 101 152 134
127 Indianapolis, IN 40.76 161 98 112 105
128 Fontana, CA 40.36 137 142 85 140
129 Birmingham, AL 40.26 123 127 113 120
130 Ontario, CA 39.82 150 133 93 156
131 El Paso, TX 39.77 152 118 126 107
132 Little Rock, AR 39.63 95 159 125 103
133 Fresno, CA 39.49 155 90 133 132
134 Arlington, TX 39.40 106 119 127 144
135 Nampa, ID 39.28 169 105 92 162
136 Grand Prairie, TX 39.20 140 124 149 129
137 Huntsville, AL 39.05 91 147 153 138
138 Oklahoma City, OK 38.86 107 103 162 113
139 Tulsa, OK 38.68 105 137 151 111
140 Garland, TX 38.60 154 116 130 123
141 Moreno Valley, CA 38.59 122 143 150 121
142 Irving, TX 38.52 149 122 102 153
143 Fort Wayne, IN 38.49 139 146 87 145
144 Akron, OH 38.07 114 131 161 117
145 Las Cruces, NM 37.53 108 167 122 161
146 Newark, NJ 37.53 159 70 159 137
147 Stockton, CA 37.38 160 120 123 150
148 Amarillo, TX 37.07 157 150 142 141
149 Bakersfield, CA 37.04 153 110 145 154
150 Hialeah, FL 37.02 128 38 171 163
151 Cape Coral, FL 37.01 135 158 129 158
152 Lubbock, TX 36.94 133 165 109 135
153 Fayetteville, NC 36.07 111 166 136 166
154 Wichita, KS 35.92 145 149 138 149
155 San Bernardino, CA 35.60 171 140 156 95
156 Winston-Salem, NC 35.20 118 168 131 152
157 Chattanooga, TN 34.96 144 164 155 125
158 Baton Rouge, LA 34.80 170 153 139 136
159 North Las Vegas, NV 34.79 173 154 163 71
160 Mobile, AL 34.55 151 161 140 170
161 Jackson, MS 34.16 124 163 143 169
162 Columbus, GA 33.82 142 160 168 114
163 Corpus Christi, TX 33.74 146 157 158 146
164 Toledo, OH 33.73 136 136 165 157
165 Montgomery, AL 33.07 143 169 157 160
166 Detroit, MI 32.30 172 139 169 122
167 Memphis, TN 31.07 165 155 164 159
168 Augusta, GA 30.70 115 171 160 174
169 Fort Smith, AR 30.35 166 151 170 171
170 Huntington, WV 30.32 164 145 173 147
171 Shreveport, LA 28.73 162 173 166 168
172 Gulfport, MS 27.99 168 170 167 173
173 Laredo, TX 25.46 167 172 174 148
174 Brownsville, TX 24.19 174 174 172 172

Key takeaways

People eat their fruits and vegetables in California, and certain parts of Texas seem to have very few healthy restaurants. It’s costly to be fit in big cities such as New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., but monthly fees at fitness clubs are also high where you might not expect — such as in Anchorage, Alaska, or Laredo, Texas. You may not see too many people running around Newark, New Jersey, but there are plenty of running trails in Austin, Texas, and Chicago.

Here are some of the other discoveries from the WalletHub data:

Credit: WalletHub