Would you have pegged San Francisco as the healthiest city in America? According to a WalletHub survey, it is in fact the healthiest city of 2018. Location matters when it comes to health. If you are someone whose interested in health and wellness, having access to healthy food options, gym locations, and likeminded people are important lifestyle factors. Living in a location without access to these amenities can make it harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That's why the personal finance website WalletHub conducted a study to determine the healthiest and least-healthy cities in America. To determine which areas prioritize residents’ well-being, WalletHub compared more than 170 of the most populated U.S. cities across 40 key indicators of good health. The data set ranges from cost of doctor visit to fruit and vegetable consumption to fitness clubs per capita. Take a look at some of their findings below – are you surprised by the findings?
- Overland Park, KS, has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults, 6.8 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in San Bernardino, CA and Detroit, the cities with the highest at 18.7 percent.
- Laredo, TX has the lowest cost per doctor’s visit, $62.78, which is three times less expensive than in Boston, the city with the highest at $188.00.
- Burlington, VT has the lowest share of adults eating fruit less than once daily, 31.7 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Little Rock, AK, the city with the highest at 56.2 percent.
- Bridgeport, CT, has the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness-club membership, $10.00, which is 7.3 times less expensive than in New York, the city with the highest at $73.48.
To find your city's rank, the total findings of the survey, methodology, and expert insights, visit the WalletHub website.