The 10 Healthiest Places to Live in America
From Koolaupoko, Hawaii, to Nashua, New Hampshire, here's where to move for your health.
If you're looking for a fresh start somewhere you can finally focus on your health, consider a move to Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The bedroom community outside Denver is the healthiest town in America, according to MONEY.
As part of its annual "Best Places to Live" report (which this year focused on small cities), MONEY ranked the healthiest locales in the U.S. based on a range of factors, including access to medical care, rates of common diseases, and the residents' own assessments of their personal health.
For anyone who wants to prioritize fitness, eating right, and aging well, it certainly can't hurt to live in a place where healthy values are woven into the local culture. Check out the list below to see some of the communities that do this best. (For the full list of MONEY’s "Best Places to Live in 2016," click here.)
10. St. Augustine, FL
The Sunshine State appears to do the heart good: People who live in this coastal town—as well as other communities throughout Florida—die less frequently from heart disease compared to folks in other cities and states.
9. San Rafael, CA
California should win a medal for its low rates of adult obesity. For now this Marin County town ranks as the 9th healthiest place to live on MONEY’s list.
8. Provo, UT
The state of Utah possesses the lowest rate of childhood obesity nationally. It's a good bet families in Provo love to play outdoors.
7. Cheyenne, WY
Diabetes is relatively rare among people who live in the High Plains of Wyoming, including the residents of the state's most populous town.
6. Nashua, NH
People in Nashua feel healthy, which counts for a lot. MONEY reports that the percentage of Nashua residents who consider themselves in "good or excellent" health is the highest of any city studied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
5. Quincy, MA
Massachusetts has the fewest diabetes-related deaths nationwide, which helped land this Boston suburb in fifth place on MONEY's list.
4. Woodbury, MN
When it comes to heart health, Minnesotans are way above average. They have the lowest rate of cardiovascular disease in the U.S., which is one reason this St. Paul suburb is such a healthy place to live.
3. Greenwich, CT
Greenwich is a good place to have an emergency: It ranks third on this list thanks, in part, to the high number of hospitals within a 15-mile radius.
2. Koolaupoko, HI
In Koolaupoko and other Hawaii towns, cancer deaths are among the lowest in the nation.
1. Highlands Ranch, CO
With the lowest adult obesity rate in the country, Highlands Ranch—a planned community about 15 miles south of downtown Denver—nabbed first place as the country's healthiest place to live.