Tuesday January 6, 2015 0 comments
DENVER - The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area placed No. 5 on NerdWallet's list of the nation's healthiest metropolitan areas.
The survey looked at fitness levels using the American Fitness Index and health care accessibility, including the percentage of residents who have health insurance and number of physicians and surgeons per 100,000 residents.
"The Denver metro area's fitness index and the percentage of residents who do some kind of physical activity are among the highest of all places we analyzed," said NerdWallet's Sreeker Jasthi.
"People who like to get outside in all seasons, especially in the winter, will enjoy Denver's variety of recreational opportunities."
In the Denver metro area, 83.8 percent of residents engage in regular physical activity, according to the study.
The top 10 healthiest metro areas in the nation, according to the NerdWallet study, are:
- No. 1--Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
- No. 2--San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
- No. 3--Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
- No. 4--Seattle-Tacoma-Bellvue
- No. 5--Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
- No. 6--Salt Lake City
- No. 7--San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
- No. 8--Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington
- No. 9--Hartford, Ct.
- No. 10--Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
The Memphis metro area claimed the No. 50 spot on the list as the least healthy.
In general, the study found the least healthy cities in the South, with seven of the bottom 10 in Southern states, including three in Texas.
The healthiest regions in the nation were Boston and the West Coast, the study found.