City living may be stressful, but it can also be pretty dang good for you if you live in a health-focused area. According to a study released by Gallup this week, some major cities prioritize health far better than others.
To get a feel for how American cities approach health, Gallup took a look at 149,938 residents of 48 communities in the U.S. and configured “active living scores” for each metro area. The score is based on infrastructure data that focuses on features like accessible public transit, walkability, parks, and whether a city is bike-friendly.
Based on this data, Gallup narrowed down the five highest-ranking active living communities to the metropolitan areas of Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Gallup revealed that on average, residents of these communities experience lower rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, and smoking compared to communities with lower active living scores. They were also found to have better exercise habits.
Obviously, there is nothing wrong with living wherever you please. What matters is that your home makes you happy, but it certainly helps when your city’s infrastructure supports you in leading a healthy, active life. Here’s hoping that other communities will take a cue from these findings to empower residents to live their best lives.
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