Washington, D.C. ranks 5th with a total score of 65.48 among 174 cities on WalletHub’s list of “Healthiest Places to Live in the U.S.” this year.
D.C. also got a healthcare rank of 29, food rank of 10, fitness rank of 15, and ranks 3th for green space.
Personal finance website WalletHub compared over 170 of the most populated U.S. cities across 42 key indicators of good health to come up with rankings of cities that prioritized the health of its residents. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, according to WalletHub, with the score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for a healthy lifestyle.
Four key dimensions – healthcare, food, fitness, and green space – were taken into consideration to identify the overall healthiest cities in America. “Our data set ranges from cost of medical visit to fruit and vegetable consumption to fitness clubs per capita,” according to WalletHub.
Cities like Dover, Delaware, Lewiston, Maine, Bismarck, North Dakota, South Burlington, Vermont, Juneau, Alaska, Pearl City, Hawaii, Columbia, Maryland and Casper, and Wyoming were not included in the ranking list due to data limitations. Cities in the surrounding metro area were also excluded from the sample of cities.
San Francisco topped the list as the healthiest city in America with a total score of 73.29. Seattle ranked No. 2 on the list followed by San Diego.
Data for the ranking was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, County Health Rankings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Google Ads, The Trust for Public Land, Under Armour, Walk Score and WalletHub research, among other sources.