Introducing 2019's Healthiest and Unhealthiest Cities in America

The Healthiest and Unhealthiest Cities according to Wallethub // Photo Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus / noipornpan

It’s been a little over month now, but for many people the resolution “New Year, New Me” is still on the table. To encourage those who are still looking to improve their lifestyle and live a healthier life in 2019, WalletHub published its study 2019’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America, perfect for those Americans who refuse to give up on their 2019 resolutions. 

WalletHub’s curiosity about health per capita led to its most recent study. The company put together a list of healthiest and unhealthiest cities based on a 10 key features, ranging from the cost of a medical visit to the percentage of adults not eating enough fruits or vegetables per day. If an overall healthy community is your goal, you may want to move to San Francisco and steer clear of Brownsville, TX. Take a look at the 10 most healthy and 10 least healthy cities of 2019 below:

Healthiest Cities

 

Least Healthy Cities

1

San Francisco, CA

 

165

Montgomery, AL

2

Seattle, WA

 

166

Detroit, MI

3

San Diego, CA

 

167

Memphis, TN

4

Portland, OR

 

168

Augusta, GA

5

Washington, DC

 

169

Fort Smith, AR

6

New York, NY

 

170

Huntington, WV

7

Denver, CO

 

171

Shreveport, LA

8

Honolulu, HI

 

172

Gulfport, MS

9

Scottsdale, AZ

 

173

Laredo, TX

10

Irvine, CA

 

174

Brownsville, TX

A Few Facts: 

  • Overland Park, KS, has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults, 7.10 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 19.10 percent.
 

  • Laredo, TX, has the lowest cost per doctor’s visit, $58.33, which is 3.3 times less expensive than in Boston, the city with the highest at $190.52.
 
     
  • Portland, ME, has the lowest share of adults eating fruit less than once daily, 28.20 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Gulfport, MS, the city with the highest at 51.80 percent.
 
     
  • Amarillo, TX, has the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness-club membership, $13.67, which is 6.2 times less expensive than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $84.36.
 
     

Other Questions Discussed in the Study:

  1. What impact will the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase health-care venture have on the U.S. health-care market?
     
  2. What are the most important factors to consider in choosing a city that is good for your health?
     
  3. Since health and wealth are both long-term investments, what are some effective strategies for convincing people to invest more in their health today?
     
  4. What tips do you have for a person looking to live a healthier lifestyle while on a budget?
     
  5. What measures can local authorities undertake in order to improve local health-care systems?

     


To find out the complete list of rankings for over 170 states, check out Wallethub's full report here.

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