The 25 Healthiest Cities in America

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10. La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
> Premature death rate:
273.4 (per 100,000 residents)
> Adult obesity rate: 25.2%
> Pct. adults without health insurance: 5.4%
> Median household income: $51,160

Living in poverty can lead to unhealthy lifestyles and ultimately to increased prevalence of medical conditions and an increased risk of premature death. In the La Crosse-Onalaska metro area, only 6% of children live in poverty, the lowest share of any city in the country. A lower childhood poverty rate likely plays a role in the lower than average premature death rate in the metro area. There are about 273 deaths before age 75 for every 100,000 residents, far fewer than the 474 per 100,000 national premature death rate.

9. Mankato-North Mankato, MN
> Premature death rate:
249.8 (per 100,000 residents)
> Adult obesity rate: 28.7%
> Pct. adults without health insurance: 3.9%
> Median household income: $54,112

Those with health insurance are far more likely than those without to receive necessary and preventative medical screening. In the Mankato metro area, more than 96% of residents under age 65 are insured, the fifth largest share of any U.S. city. In addition to widespread medical coverage, area residents are more likely than most Americans to be physically active in their leisure time. Perhaps partly as a result life expectancy is about two years longer in the metro area than it is across the country.

8. Burlington-South Burlington, VT
> Premature death rate:
265.2 (per 100,000 residents)
> Adult obesity rate: 22.7%
> Pct. adults without health insurance: 4.0%
> Median household income: $62,175

Only 8.9% of adults in the Burlington metro area report being in fair or poor health, the smallest share of any city in the country. While the city outranks all others in self-reported health measures, Burlington residents tend to be healthier than the average American by several objective measures as well. Area residents are less likely to be obese than most Americans, and only 4% of those too young to qualify for Medicare are uninsured, a smaller share than in all but a handful of other U.S. cities. Life expectancy is about two years longer in Burlington than it is on average across the country.

7. Logan, UT-ID
> Premature death rate:
226.2 (per 100,000 residents)
> Adult obesity rate: 23.0%
> Pct. adults without health insurance: 9.9%
> Median household income: $49,915

Logan residents have relatively healthy lifestyles. Only 9.0% of adults in the area are smokers, and only 11.2% of adults drink excessively, the third and fourth lowest figures, respectively, of any city in the country. Area residents are also more likely to engage in regular physical activity than most Americans. Nearly 84% of area adults participate in a physical activity at least once a month, while only 77% of American adults are regularly physically active.

6. Provo-Orem, UT
> Premature death rate:
250.6 (per 100,000 residents)
> Adult obesity rate: 23.3%
> Pct. adults without health insurance: 10.8%
> Median household income: $60,647

Only 9.2% of Provo-Orem residents drink excessively, and only 7.0% are smokers, each the smallest such share in the country. Religious affiliation likely explains the scarcity of unhealthy habits in the Provo-Orem metro area. Much of the city’s population identifies as Mormon, a religion that expressly forbids the use of alcohol or tobacco. Partly as a result, life expectancy is about two years longer in the metro area than it is across the United States.