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Top 15 Healthiest Cities in the U.S.

May 21, 2013 08:44 PM EDT
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Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
15. Buffalo, New York

Buffalo has very high insurance coverage—more than 92% of residents are insured. Plus, Buffalo’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative is working to repair old homes, thereby reducing lead poisoning and mold exposure for Buffalo residents. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
14. Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City provides easy access to nature, and outdoorsy residents can explore nearby ski resorts, hiking trails and fishing spots. Residents tend to be insured and fit, and the clean air makes being outdoors enjoyable. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
13. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach residents benefit from the city’s clean air and easy access to healthcare. In addition, organizations like the Virginia Business Coalition on Health encourage businesses to prioritize the health of their workers, thereby helping the overall health of the community. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
12. Baltimore, Maryland

Residents have access to the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Center as well as 511 physicians per 100,000 residents. The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute has forged partnerships between the university and the community, and has collaborated with neighborhood educators and community leaders. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
11. Sacramento, California

Sacramento residents can enjoy clean air and access to doctors and health insurance. Additionally, health organizations abound in the city. Sacramento Covered works with local health systems to enroll uninsured families in health insurance and public benefits programs. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
10. Providence, Rhode Island

Providence residents benefit from the city’s clean air and widespread health insurance coverage. The state’s Healthy Communities Initiative has improved Rhode Island’s health systems, helping them give high-quality care. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
9. San Jose, California

San Jose has physicians aplenty, relatively clean air and fit residents. Santa Clara County’s Children’s Health Initiative focuses on helping children and their families access healthcare. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
8. Denver, Colorado

Denver has particularly clean air, and the city’s proximity to mountains for hiking and skiing attracts health-conscious residents while making it easy to plan an outdoorsy weekend getaway. Denver’s Healthy People initiative creates partnerships and works with area health organizations to promote holistic health. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
6. San Francisco, California

San Francisco has tons of physicians per capita, fairly clean air and high health insurance coverage. It’s no wonder the residents tend to be fit, what with Muir Woods, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and Big Sur all within driving distance. San Francisco is paradise for health-conscious, outdoorsy people, and the weather’s always good enough to go for a run outside. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
5. Hartford, Connecticut

The Hartford metro area is well-insured and contains plenty of physicians. Hartford residents tend to be fit and healthy, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health has launched their Healthy Homes Initiative, which aims to promote safe and healthy home environments. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis has a very high fitness index as well as high health insurance coverage. Additionally, the one-of-a-kind Rainbow Health Initiative is working toward health equity for Minnesota’s LGBTQ community. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
3. Portland, Oregon

Portland is known for its outdoor activities health-conscious residents. With extinct volcanoes, over 5,000 acres of land in Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland has an abundance of outdoor activities. The city has clean air (it’s often rated one of the greenest cities in the United States), fit residents and a high level of health insurance coverage. In fact, the state of Oregon has instituted Healthy Kids, a health coverage program for all uninsured Oregon children. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
2. Seattle, Washington

With a high fitness index, comprehensive health insurance coverage and very clean air, it’s clear why The Emerald City made it on our list. Health-conscious residents can participate in the plethora of outdoor activities the area offers, doing everything from kayaking to biking to hiking. In addition, the city has shown a commitment to public health and fitness. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department has started a Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative to promote physical activity. (Photo:Creative Commons via Flickr)

Top 15 Most Healthiest Cities in the U.S.
The life expectancy of rural Americans is less than their urban counterparts, despite efforts to reduce health inequalities, and the gap continues to grow, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
(Photo:Reuters)

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