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The healthiest city in every state

  • The healthiest city in every state

    The goal of former first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign was to end childhood obesity in a generation. Fourteen million children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, increasing individuals' risk for high blood pressure, cancer, chronic illness, and shortened lifespan. Large-scale community changes are often necessary to ensure lasting good health for residents. Those changes can be lofty goals, but they’re not impossible -- and cities across the country have already demonstrated a commitment to healthy living for people of all ages.

    To rank and grade the healthiest city in every state, Stacker pulled data from Niche that weighed factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, and rates of obesity, as well as the availability of gyms, hospitals, doctors, and mental health professionals in the area. For states without city data available (Delaware, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming), the town or suburb with the highest Health & Fitness grade and the highest overall Niche grade were substituted. Foursquare rounded out the data with the best gym, organic grocery store, and hospital.

    Read on to travel to the healthiest places from coast to coast, and see which city from your state made the cut.

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  • Alabama: Huntsville

    Population: 188,973

    Overall Niche grade: A

    Health and fitness grade: B+

    Best gym: 24/7 Fitness Center — 3490 Harris Hill Blvd. NE

    Best organic food store: Whole Foods Market — 2501 Memorial Parkway SW

    Best hospital: Crestwood Medical Center — 1 Hospital Drive SW

  • Alaska: Anchorage

    Population: 299,321

    Overall Niche grade: B

    Health and fitness grade: B+

    Best gym: Anchorage Community YMCA — 5353 Lake Otis Parkway

    Best organic food store: Natural Pantry — 3680 Barrow St.

    Best hospital: Providence Alaska Medical Center — 3200 Providence Drive

  • Arizona: Scottsdale

    Population: 234,495

    Overall Niche grade: A

    Health and fitness grade: A+

    Best gym: Gainey Village Health Club & Spa — 7477 East Doubletree Ranch Road

    Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 13802 N Scottsdale Road Ste. 110

    Best hospital: HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center — 10460 N. 92nd St.

  • Arkansas: Little Rock

    Population: 197,640

    Overall Niche grade: A-

    Health and fitness grade: B+

    Best gym: Little Rock Athletic Club — 4610 Sam Peck Road

    Best organic food store: Green Corner Store — 1423 Main St. Ste. D

    Best hospital: Arkansas Heart Hospital — 1701 S. Shackleford Road

  • California: Berkeley

    Population: 118,585

    Overall Niche grade: A+

    Health and fitness grade: A+

    Best gym: Equinox Berkeley — 2600 Shattuck Ave.

    Best organic food store: Preserved Oakland — 5032 Telegraph Ave.

    Best hospital: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland — 747 52nd St.

  • Colorado: Boulder

    Population: 105,420

    Overall Niche grade: A+

    Health and fitness grade: A+

    Best gym: YMCA of Boulder Valley — 2850 Mapleton Ave.

    Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 100 W South Boulder Road

    Best hospital: Boulder Medical Center — 2750 Broadway St.

  • Connecticut: Stamford

    Population: 127,410

    Overall Niche grade: B+

    Health and fitness grade: A

    Best gym: Exhale Stamford — 2200 Atlantic St.

    Best organic food store: Mike’s Organic Delivery — 377 Fairfield Ave.

    Best hospital: Tully Health Center — 32 Strawberry Hill Court

  • Delaware: Hockessin

    Population: 13,702

    Overall Niche grade: A

    Health and fitness grade: A

    Best gym: Hockessin Athletic Club — 100 Fitness Way

    Best organic food store: Harvest Market Natual Foods — 7417 Lancaster Pike

    Best hospital: 701 N. Clayton St. (Wilmington)

  • Florida: Fort Lauderdale

    Population: 175,153

    Overall Niche grade: A-

    Health and fitness grade: A

    Best gym: LA Fitness — 1830 Cordova Road

    Best organic food store: Tunie's — 900 N. Federal Highway

    Best hospital: Broward Health Medical Center — 1600 S. Andrews Ave.

  • Georgia: Sandy Springs

    Population: 102,212

    Overall Niche grade: A+

    Health and fitness grade: A+

    Best gym: LA Fitness — 6690 Roswell Road

    Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls — 123 Perimeter Center W. Ste. 300

    Best hospital: Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital — 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road

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