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The Healthiest and Unhealthiest American Cities in 2018

Kaitlynn Ely
In the United States, health varies among communities and regions. People living in urban areas have different health issues than those living in rural areas based on cultures that either promote healthy lifestyles or limit access to healthcare.
In the United States, health varies among communities and regions. People living in urban areas have different health issues than those living in rural areas based on cultures that either promote healthy lifestyles or limit access to healthcare.

WalletHub has compared more than 170 of the most populated American cities in more than 40 key indicators of good health, including cost of doctor visits, fruit and vegetable consumption, and the amount of fitness clubs per capita. The metrics fell into 4 broad categories: healthcare, food, fitness, and green space.

Healthcare included measures such as premature-death rate, mental health, physical health, cost of medical visit, and quality of public health system. Food included measures such as farmer's markets per capita, share of obese residents (full weight), limited access to healthy foods, and dietitians and nutritionists. Fitness included measures such as fitness clubs per capita, average cost of fitness club membership, and weight loss centers per capita. Green space included measures such as parkland acres per capita, hiking/walking/running trails per capita, bike score, and city greeness, which is based on WalletHub's Greenest Cities in America ranking.

These are the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the United States in 2018.

Healthiest


5. Washington, DC
Total Score: 63.01
While the nation’s capital has the highest average monthly cost of fitness club memberships, which may deter people from exercising, the District of Columbia still has the most running and walking trails out of all the cities in the United States that people take advantage of.

Washington, DC, also ranks third out of all the surveyed cities for the most green space, or the quality of parks and access to recreation for city dwellers.


 
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