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New survey shows location matters when it comes to health

Where you live makes a difference when it comes to good health. Some places promote wellness by expanding access to nutritious food and recreational facilities. Others strive to keep healthcare costs affordable for everyone or keep parks clean and well-maintained.
With health care costs rising and U.S. life expectancy declining for three consecutive years, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America.

To identify the places where health is a priority, WalletHub compared more than 170 of the largest U.S. cities across 43 key metrics. Atlanta comes in 22nd. The data set ranges from cost of medical visit to fruit and vegetable consumption to fitness clubs per capita.  

Healthiest Cities Unhealthiest Cities
1. San Francisco, CA 165. Detroit, MI
2. Seattle, WA 166. Fort Smith, AR
3. San Diego, CA 167. Augusta, GA
4. Portland, OR 168. Huntington, WV
5. Washington, DC 169. Montgomery, AL
6. New York, NY 170. Memphis, TN
7. Denver, CO 171. Shreveport, LA
8. Irvine, CA 172. Gulfport, MS
9. Scottsdale, AZ 173. Laredo, TX
10. Chicago, IL 174. Brownsville, TX

Key Stats

  • Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults, 7.60 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 19.20 percent.
 
  • Laredo, Texas, 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 $191.62.
 
  • Portland, Maine, has the lowest share of adults eating fruit less than once daily, 28.20 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Gulfport, Mississippi, the city with the highest at 51.80 percent.
 
  • Amarillo, Texas, has the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness-club membership, $10.17, which is 8.1 times less expensive than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $82.83.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: 
https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072/  


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