Life expectancy in the United States has steadily risen over the past decades, thanks in large part to medical advancements, increased health information via the internet and a boost in interest in healthy lifestyles. If you’re a bit of a health nut, you’ll be in good company with a move to one of the nation’s top healthiest cities, as determined in a recent 24/7 Wall St. special report.
The report ranked country’s 25 healthiest cities based on a range of criteria, the top factors being each areas’ premature death rate, adult obesity rate, percent of adults without insurance and the median household income. The lower the former three and the higher the latter, the healthier the locals.
Here are the three healthiest cities, along with information on those four crucial factors:
1. Rochester, MN: While it’s home to one of the main locations of the famed Mayo Clinic, but there are lots of options for medical care – Upward of 180 primary care physicians for every 100,000 area residents. That figure reflects more doctors per capital than any other US city. Adults living in Rochester say they have an average of just 2.4 physically unhealthy days per month and are more likely to be physically active than those in other areas.
Premature death rate: 229.7 (per 100,000 residents)
Adult obesity rate: 25.1%
Pct. adults without health insurance: 5.4%
Median household income: $64,210
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale Santa Clara, CA: Topping the reasons for average great health in this area is financial stability. Households there earn upward of $92,960 per year, the highest median household income of any US metro area. This makes it all the easier to afford healthy food options. Plus, more than 98 percent of the population enjoys regular access to public parks, recreation centers, walking paths and other features that promote physical activity.
Premature death rate: 200.6 (per 100,000 residents)
Adult obesity rate: 19.6%
Pct. adults without health insurance: 7.1%
Median household income: $92,960
3. Ames, IA: Ames (tied with Fargo, North Dakota) boasted the lowest unemployment rate of any US metropolitan area in 2015 – an enviable 2.4 percent. That low unemployment rate translates to a high insured rate. In fact, just 5.9 percent of the population too young for Medicare lacks insurance – half the national rate of 11.7 percent.
Premature death rate: 214.3 (per 100,000 residents)
Adult obesity rate: 25.6%
Pct. adults without health insurance: 5.9%
Median household income: $51,270
Visit 24/7 Wall St.’s website to see the full list of the nation’s 25 healthiest cities. And if you’re considering a move to one of them from the Washington DC metro area, call 800-530-2626 to schedule an appointment with McKendree Moving & Storage.