- A new study looked at 48 cities across the country
- Boston nabbed the top score, followed by San Francisco
Boston nabbed the highest score, followed by San Francisco (unsurprisingly — have you seen that city’s hills?) and Chicago. New York City and Washington, D.C., were awarded fourth and fifth places, respectively.
So, how do these locales’ high scores translate to real-life health perks? Well, for one, the residents of the top five cities have significantly lower rates, on average, of a handful of diseases (from diabetes to high cholesterol to depression) compared to people living in cities with low scores. They also have higher rates of exercise and eat more fresh produce.
The bottom line: While leading an active life is possible no matter where you live, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have protected bike lanes and lots of green space for outdoor rec. The top five cities make sticking to healthy habits just a little bit easier.