Top 15 ‘WELLthiest’ Cities In The U.S. 2017

African American family at beachWhat’s the best city in the U.S. for wellbeing? The answer may surprise you. Recently, Women’s Health and Yelp revealed “America’s ‘Wellthiest’ Cities.” Based on a six-month, research-based partnership to determine the best cities for overall quality-of-life across the United States, the findings offer a little something for everyone looking for a change of scenery – whether you’re a beach babe, city slicker, or outdoor enthusiast.

Their picks for the Top 15 “wellthiest cities” 2017 are:

  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Anchorage, AK
  3. Austin, TX
  4. Berkeley, CA
  5. Boulder, CO
  6. Durham, NC
  7. Henderson, NV
  8. Milwaukee, WI
  9. Newton, MA
  10. Overland Park, KS
  11. Phoenix, AZ
  12. Portland, OR
  13. Sioux Falls, SD
  14. Petersburg, FL
  15. Virginia Beach, VA

To determine the ranking, Yelp data specialists analyzed how many healthy-lifestyle businesses and amenities U.S. cities offered in relation to their population size. Then, they looked at how often people used or searched for those businesses and their score.

Once the numbers were crunched, Women’s Health interviewed Yelp’s local experts and residents about their town’s wellness trends and recommendations including: restaurants with farm-fresh food, landscapes that both energize and calm, outdoor recreation, easy access to doctors, and ways to stay social, among other things.

Among those other things, according to Dr. Jennifer Caudle, should be community. The family physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine told, “Community is everything! Being around others who are committed to health and wellness can make a world of difference.”

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