Miami is definitely a city that places a high importance on the body, and apparently many locals treat theirs like a temple. That's at least according to Livability.com, which has ranked Miami the fourth healthiest city in America. Perhaps that's not much of a surprise for a place where swimsuit season is almost year-round, but the rankings also take into account things like local access to doctors, farmers' markets, and lifestyle choices.
To crown its top ten healthiest cities, Livability took into account a number of factors. First, it looked at cities with the "best health care in terms of access, quality, and affordability," and that included county health-care rankings and health-care spending data from Esri. Health factors such as the rate of smokers, alcoholics, obesity, and residents who got daily exercise were taken into account, but the rankings also dug a bit further and considered things like access to food, walkability, and amenities that promoted healthy living. Clean water and air were also considered.
1. Minneapolis, MN
2. Cambridge, MA
3. Madison, WI
4. Miami, FL
5. Bridgeport, CT
6. Arlington, VA
7. Santa Ana, CA
8. Honolulu, HI
9. Fort Collins, CO
10. Yonkers, NY
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"Miami-Dade County ranks No. 1 among Florida counties when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices," the site reports. "The majority of residents get in some kind of daily exercise at least three times a week, which has helped keep the city’s obesity rate under 23 percent. While Miami’s spicy nightlife scene is celebrated and draws thousands of tourists, the majority of residents resist the urge to drink excessively or smoke."
The reports also notes the recent explosion of juice bars in the city, as well as access to parks, beaches, the Everglades, and kayak-ready canals as evidence of Miamians' healthy living.
However, Livability notes, "Miami has a high number of uninsured, its doctor-to-resident ratio is high, and most residents get annual health screenings." Indeed, the hidden negative of all those doctors is that Miamians end up spending more on health care per year than anywhere else.