The 50 Healthiest Cities in America

The meccas for active, healthy people—from coast to coast.

The 50 Healthiest Cities in America

The meccas for active, healthy people—from coast to coast.

If cities are indeed living organisms—as certain world-class theoretical physicists believe—then consider these the healthiest giant living organisms in the country. That’s right: we’ve crunched the numbers, pulling together medical statistics, insurance numbers, fitness levels and other healthy behaviors (such as percentages of the population who get medical checkups and take advantage of preventative services), as well as the prevalence heart disease and cancer. The result is the definitive list of America’s healthiest metropolises. So read on and be inspired. And if being simply “healthy” isn’t good enough for you, don’t miss our exhaustive list of The 50 Fittest Cities in America.

Tampa, fittest cities, drunkest cities, healthiest cities

50
Tampa, FL

Population : 377,165
Coronary Heart Disease: 6.1
High Blood Pressure: 34.9
Cancer Prevalence: 5.6
Annual Checkup: 70.2
Preventative Services: 30
Healthy City Score: 61.4

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Worcester, happiest cities, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, healthiest cities

49
Worcester, MA

Population : 184,508
Coronary Heart Disease: 6
High Blood Pressure: 28.6
Cancer Prevalence: 6.1
Annual Checkup: 76.8
Preventative Services: 28.65
Healthy City Score: 61.42

Long Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

48
Long Beach, CA

Population : 470,130
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.1
High Blood Pressure: 26.7
Cancer Prevalence: 4.9
Annual Checkup: 65.5
Preventative Services: 25.3
Healthy City Score: 61.86

Oakland, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

47
Oakland, CA

Population : 420,005
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.2
High Blood Pressure: 28.6
Cancer Prevalence: 5.2
Annual Checkup: 65.9
Preventative Services: 26.4
Healthy City Score: 61.87

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Aurora, happiest cities, healthiest cities

46
Aurora, IL

Population : 201,110
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.8
High Blood Pressure: 25.9
Cancer Prevalence: 4.3
Annual Checkup: 62.7
Preventative Services: 27.8
Healthy City Score: 62.07

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Glendale, happiest cities, healthiest cities

45
Glendale, CA

Population : 200,831
Coronary Heart Disease: 6.3
High Blood Pressure: 29.1
Cancer Prevalence: 6.7
Annual Checkup: 67.4
Preventative Services: 26.65
Healthy City Score: 62.27

Anaheim, happiest cities, healthiest cities

44
Anaheim, CA

Population : 351,043
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.9
High Blood Pressure: 25.5
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 63.1
Preventative Services: 25.55
Healthy City Score: 62.53

Charlotte, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

43
Charlotte, NC

Population : 842,051
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.1
High Blood Pressure: 31.8
Cancer Prevalence: 4.9
Annual Checkup: 73.1
Preventative Services: 37.65
Healthy City Score: 62.88

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Chesapeake, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

42
Chesapeake, VA

Population : 237,940
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.4
High Blood Pressure: 35.1
Cancer Prevalence: 5.7
Annual Checkup: 76.8
Preventative Services: 36.6
Healthy City Score: 63.29

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Peoria, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

41
Peoria, AZ

Population : 164,173
Coronary Heart Disease: 6
High Blood Pressure: 28.4
Cancer Prevalence: 6.9
Annual Checkup: 66.8
Preventative Services: 33.85
Healthy City Score: 63.48

Santa Rosa, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

40
Santa Rosa, CA

Population : 175,155
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.9
High Blood Pressure: 27.5
Cancer Prevalence: 6.6
Annual Checkup: 62
Preventative Services: 30
Healthy City Score: 63.56

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Aurora, happiest cities, healthiest cities

39
Aurora, CO

Population : 361,710
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.5
High Blood Pressure: 26.5
Cancer Prevalence: 5.1
Annual Checkup: 59.9
Preventative Services: 34.35
Healthy City Score: 63.75

Pembroke Pines, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

38
Pembroke Pines, FL

Population : 168,587
Coronary Heart Disease: 6.3
High Blood Pressure: 29.9
Cancer Prevalence: 6.4
Annual Checkup: 75.6
Preventative Services: 27.85
Healthy City Score: 63.82

Glendale, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

37
Glendale, AZ

Population : 245,895
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.5
High Blood Pressure: 26.9
Cancer Prevalence: 5.4
Annual Checkup: 63.4
Preventative Services: 30.25
Healthy City Score: 63.91

Fort Lauderdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

36
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Population : 178,752
Coronary Heart Disease: 7.2
High Blood Pressure: 33.9
Cancer Prevalence: 6.9
Annual Checkup: 74.7
Preventative Services: 29.4
Healthy City Score: 64.31

Colorado Springs, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities, healthiest cities

35
Colorado Springs, CO

Population : 465,101
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.7
High Blood Pressure: 27.1
Cancer Prevalence: 5.8
Annual Checkup: 64.7
Preventative Services: 35.55
Healthy City Score: 64.68

Atlanta, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities

34
Atlanta, GA

Population : 472,522
Coronary Heart Disease: 5
High Blood Pressure: 32
Cancer Prevalence: 4.8
Annual Checkup: 74.5
Preventative Services: 28.4
Healthy City Score: 64.80

Orlando, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

33
Orlando, FL

Population : 277,173
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.4
High Blood Pressure: 29.7
Cancer Prevalence: 5
Annual Checkup: 68.6
Preventative Services: 28.2
Healthy City Score: 65.46

San Diego, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

32
San Diego, CA

Population : 1,406,630
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.6
High Blood Pressure: 24.6
Cancer Prevalence: 5.1
Annual Checkup: 65.1
Preventative Services: 28.65
Healthy City Score: 66.19

San Jose, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

31
San Jose, CA

Population : 1,025,350
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.4
High Blood Pressure: 25.5
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 64.1
Preventative Services: 27.95
Healthy City Score: 66.25

Boise, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

30
Boise, ID

Population : 223,154
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.2
High Blood Pressure: 27.1
Cancer Prevalence: 5.9
Annual Checkup: 60.1
Preventative Services: 31.1
Healthy City Score: 66.44

Chandler, happiest cities, longest-living cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

29
Chandler, AZ

Population : 247,477
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.2
High Blood Pressure: 24
Cancer Prevalence: 5.2
Annual Checkup: 64.6
Preventative Services: 34.3
Healthy City Score: 66.65

Durham, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

28
Durham, NC

Population : 263,016
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.1
High Blood Pressure: 31.1
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 74.8
Preventative Services: 38.25
Healthy City Score: 66.79

Garden Grove, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

27
Garden Grove, CA

Population : 174,858
Coronary Heart Disease: 5
High Blood Pressure: 26.9
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 64.2
Preventative Services: 24.45
Healthy City Score: 66.85

Boston, fittest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

26
Boston, MA

Population : 673,184
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.7
High Blood Pressure: 24.6
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 73.3
Preventative Services: 30
Healthy City Score: 66.93

Rancho Cucamonga, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

25
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Population : 176,534
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.3
High Blood Pressure: 25
Cancer Prevalence: 5
Annual Checkup: 65.7
Preventative Services: 29.7
Healthy City Score: 67.26

Portland, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

24
Portland, OR

Population : 639,863
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.8
High Blood Pressure: 25.9
Cancer Prevalence: 6
Annual Checkup: 57.7
Preventative Services: 31.5
Healthy City Score: 67.28

Lincoln, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

23
Lincoln, NE

Population : 280,364
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.7
High Blood Pressure: 24.7
Cancer Prevalence: 5.2
Annual Checkup: 59.5
Preventative Services: 35.35
Healthy City Score: 67.78

Virginia Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

22
Virginia Beach, VA

Population : 452,602
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.9
High Blood Pressure: 29
Cancer Prevalence: 5.5
Annual Checkup: 73.1
Preventative Services: 36.25
Healthy City Score: 67.93

Denver, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities,

21
Denver, CO

Population : 693,060
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.3
High Blood Pressure: 25
Cancer Prevalence: 5.1
Annual Checkup: 57.5
Preventative Services: 33.2
Healthy City Score: 68.23

Washington DC, D.C., drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

20
Washington D.C.

Population : 681,170
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.2
High Blood Pressure: 28.3
Cancer Prevalence: 5.1
Annual Checkup: 70.4
Preventative Services: 29.55
Healthy City Score: 68.40

Gilbert, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

19
Gilbert, AZ

Population : 237,133
Coronary Heart Disease: 3.7
High Blood Pressure: 22.2
Cancer Prevalence: 5
Annual Checkup: 64.2
Preventative Services: 35.65
Healthy City Score: 68.70

Honolulu, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

18
Honolulu, HI

Population : 351,792
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.5
High Blood Pressure: 27.9
Cancer Prevalence: 5.4
Annual Checkup: 66.4
Preventative Services: 31.15
Healthy City Score: 68.86

Tallahassee, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

17
Tallahassee, FL

Population : 190,894
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.1
High Blood Pressure: 24.5
Cancer Prevalence: 4.4
Annual Checkup: 68.7
Preventative Services: 33.9
Healthy City Score: 69.14

Tempe, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

16
Tempe, AZ

Population : 182,498
Coronary Heart Disease: 4
High Blood Pressure: 22.1
Cancer Prevalence: 4.4
Annual Checkup: 61.4
Preventative Services: 33.1
Healthy City Score: 69.17

Santa Clarita, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

15
Santa Clarita, CA

Population : 181,972
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.9
High Blood Pressure: 24.8
Cancer Prevalence: 4.5
Annual Checkup: 66.6
Preventative Services: 28.3
Healthy City Score: 69.74

Austin, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

14
Austin, TX

Population : 947,890
Coronary Heart Disease: 3.8
High Blood Pressure: 23.4
Cancer Prevalence: 4.2
Annual Checkup: 63.9
Preventative Services: 32.35
Healthy City Score: 70.06

Madison, longest-living cities, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

13
Madison, WI

Population : 252,551
Coronary Heart Disease: 3.8
High Blood Pressure: 23.4
Cancer Prevalence: 4.8
Annual Checkup: 65.7
Preventative Services: 34.4
Healthy City Score: 70.28

Huntington Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

12
Huntington Beach, CA

Population : 200,652
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.2
High Blood Pressure: 27.2
Cancer Prevalence: 6.5
Annual Checkup: 66.8
Preventative Services: 30.7
Healthy City Score: 70.44

Scottsdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

11
Scottsdale, AZ

Population : 246,645
Coronary Heart Disease: 6.2
High Blood Pressure: 30.9
Cancer Prevalence: 8
Annual Checkup: 69.3
Preventative Services: 36.95
Healthy City Score: 70.57

Salt Lake City, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, drunkest cities

10
Salt Lake City, UT

Population : 193,744
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.3
High Blood Pressure: 23.5
Cancer Prevalence: 4.9
Annual Checkup: 55.9
Preventative Services: 32.8
Healthy City Score: 70.88

Minneapolis, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

9
Minneapolis, MN

Population : 413,651
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.1
High Blood Pressure: 23.4
Cancer Prevalence: 4.5
Annual Checkup: 64.6
Preventative Services: 34.5
Healthy City Score: 71.05

Raleigh, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

8
Raleigh, NC

Population : 458,880
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.5
High Blood Pressure: 26.3
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 70.6
Preventative Services: 39.4
Healthy City Score: 71.29

Overland Park, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

7
Overland Park, KS

Population : 188,966
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.7
High Blood Pressure: 27.4
Cancer Prevalence: 6.8
Annual Checkup: 70.5
Preventative Services: 40.9
Healthy City Score: 71.53

Fremont, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

6
Fremont, CA

Population : 233,136
Coronary Heart Disease: 3.9
High Blood Pressure: 22.8
Cancer Prevalence: 4.9
Annual Checkup: 66.2
Preventative Services: 31.45
Healthy City Score: 71.54

San Francisco, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

5
San Francisco, CA

Population : 870,887
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.6
High Blood Pressure: 25.5
Cancer Prevalence: 5.1
Annual Checkup: 61.9
Preventative Services: 27.8
Healthy City Score: 71.87

Seattle, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities

4
Seattle, WA

Population : 704,352
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.1
High Blood Pressure: 25.2
Cancer Prevalence: 5.6
Annual Checkup: 59.5
Preventative Services: 34
Healthy City Score: 72.04

Plano, happiest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

3
Plano, TX

Population : 286,057
Coronary Heart Disease: 4.2
High Blood Pressure: 27.1
Cancer Prevalence: 5.6
Annual Checkup: 70.9
Preventative Services: 36.2
Healthy City Score: 72.17

Irvine, happiest cities, longest-living cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

2
Irvine, CA

Population : 266,122
Coronary Heart Disease: 3.4
High Blood Pressure: 22.8
Cancer Prevalence: 4.7
Annual Checkup: 65.4
Preventative Services: 30.4
Healthy City Score: 74.51

Sioux Falls, happiest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities

1
Sioux Falls, SD

Population : 174,360
Coronary Heart Disease: 5.7
High Blood Pressure: 27.1
Cancer Prevalence: 5.8
Annual Checkup: 69.4
Preventative Services: 77.4
Healthy City Score: 76.54

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