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And the #1 Healthiest City Is...

Aerial view of Boston
BetterDoctor.com revealed their top 25 rankings for the healthiest cities in the U.S., and Boston is ranked #1.

The site referred to the American Fitness Index and evaluated various cities based on three criteria:

  • physical fitness (including exercise rates, eating habits, health problems, number of recreational parks)
  • the percentage of highly-rated doctors
  • the number of residents with health insurance coverage

Cities were then assigned a point system out of 100. Their survey results revealed Boston as having the most percentage of residents with health insurance coverage. Minneapolis and Washtingon, DC (also once rated as the happiest city in America) trailed not far behind in Boston.

  1. Boston, MA (74.5)
  2. Minneapolis, MN (73.6)
  3. Washington, DC (72.6)
  4. San Francisco, CA (66.4)
  5. Hartford, CT (62.7)
  6. Pittsburgh, PA (60.1)
  7. San Jose, CA (58.6)
  8. Salt Lake City, UT (58.5)
  9. Seattle, WA (57.7)
  10.  Cincinnati, OH (57.6)
  11. Portland, OR (56.7)
  12. Denver, CO (56.6)
  13. Sacramento, CA (56.6)
  14. Atlanta, GA (55.9)
  15. San Diego, CA (55.3)
  16. Baltimore, MD (55.0)
  17. St. Louis, MO (54.7)
  18. Austin, TX (53.9)
  19. Raleigh, NC (52.7)
  20. Providence, RI (51.3)
  21. Buffalo, NY (50.3)
  22. Richmond, VA (48.6)
  23. Chicago, IL (48.4)
  24. New York, NY (47.7)
  25. Philadelphia, PA (44.0)

On the flip side, the least healthiest cities in the U.S. were ranked below, with Memphis, Oklahoma, and Louisville leading the pack.

  1. Memphis, TN (15.8)
  2. Oklahoma City, OK (24.1)
  3. Louisville, KY (26.3)
  4. San Antonio, TX (27.3)
  5. Nashville, TN (29.0)
  6. Indianapolis, IN (29.5)
  7. Las Vegas, NV (29.8)
  8. New Orleans, LA (30.8)
  9. Los Angeles, CA (32.7)
  10. Jacksonville, FL (34.6)
  11. Detroit, MI (34.7)
  12. Riverside, CA (35.1)
  13. Phoenix, AZ (35.6)
  14. Orlando, FL (36.7)
  15. Tampa, FL (38.2)
  16. Miami, FL (38.3)
  17. Columbus, OH (38.5)
  18. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (38.9)
  19. Houston, TX (40.0)
  20. Kansas City, MO (40.0)
  21. Charlotte, NC (40.1)
  22. Birmingham, AL (42.2)
  23. Cleveland, OH (42.5)
  24. Virginia Beach, VA (42.9)
  25. Milwaukee, WI (43.4)

This isn't the first time Boston has been ranked as the #1 healthiest city in America. Another recent survey by NerdWallet, which examined the healthiest metropolitan areas, also gave Boston accolades. But the second- and third-place cities went to San Franciso and Portland. However, Memphis was also ranked as the least healthiest city (yikes!).

How did your city fare in the rankings?

Read the full BetterDoctor.com healthiest city ranking results here.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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