Some of the healthiest cities in the United States include Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and Boston. These cities all rank highly on a Forbes report on America’s 20 healthiest cities.
As one of the first U.S. cities to integrate bike trails and ban smoking in public places, Minneapolis ranks as one of the healthiest cities in the country. The city boasts high air quality and a significant number of parks, walking areas, playgrounds, sports areas and recreation centers. Residents are also less likely to suffer from health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. Though Minneapolis experiences intense winters, residents stay fit at the city’s numerous fitness centers.
Residents of Washington, D.C. are less likely to be obese, more likely to walk or bike and less likely to smoke than residents of most U.S. cities. The city also boasts an above-average number of recreation centers, swimming pools and tennis courts. D.C. is home to more primary health care providers per capita than most other cities in the country, and residents also have lower rates of heart disease and diabetes.
While Boston has only an average amount of public park space, residents of the city bike and walk to work more frequently than residents of most other cities, and 80 percent of the population reports having exercised in the previous month. Around a quarter of residents also report eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.