The 10 Healthiest Cities in the U.S.

It’s easier to make healthy choices in some cities than in others. WalletHub, a personal finance site, compared 34 characteristics of 150 U.S. cities, and ranked these as the 10 healthiest:

1) San Francisco
2) Salt Lake City
3) Scottsdale, Ariz.
4) Seattle
5) Portland, Ore.
6) Irvine, Calif.
7) Huntington Beach, Calif.
8) Honolulu
9) Washington, D.C.
10) Santa Clarita, Calif.

Ranking factors included per capita number of fitness clubs, nutritionists, healthy restaurants, and walking and running trails; fruit and veggie consumption; and health care access and costs. Here are some of the winners in individual categories (based on per-capita numbers):

Most healthy restaurants: Portland, Ore.
Most nutritionists: Durham, N.C.
Lowest average fitness club costs: El Paso, Tex.
Most running trails: Washington, D.C.
Most walking trails: Lincoln, Neb.

Three California cities—San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont—tied for the #1 spot in lowest percentage of adults eating less than 1 serving of fruits and veggies daily.

Vera Tweed

Vera Tweed

Contributing editor Vera Tweed has been writing about nutrition, fitness, and healthy living since 1997. As a journalist, she specializes in covering research and expert knowledge that empowers people to lead better lives. For more information, visit


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