Needless to say I love living in the Treasure Valley. I've always believed that Boise makes it easy to live a healthy lifestyle. Why? For me it's the the fact that no matter where you live in the valley it's easy to get outside and enjoy your favorite activities. There was no scientific data to back that up, just a feeling and an observation until now. WalletHub just released a study that ranked the Healthiest Places to Live in the U.S. and Boise came in at number 20 out of 182 cities. Ironically enough San Francisco came in at number one (is that not one of the most cities affected by COVID-19)? My hometown of San Diego came in fourth and I definitely agree with that, Brownsville, TX came in last at number 182. Check out the full list as well as the methodology below.


"To determine which areas prioritize residents’ well-being, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the most populated U.S. cities across 44 key indicators of good health. Our data set ranges from the cost of a medical visit to fruit and vegetable consumption to COVID-19 cases."

Healthiest Places to Live in the U.S.

Overall Rank CityTotal Score Health Care Food Fitness Green Space 
1San Francisco, CA69.11101591
2Seattle, WA65.70146252
3Portland, OR65.59203244
4San Diego, CA62.88264119
5Honolulu, HI62.751211575
6Washington, DC61.11458753
7Austin, TX59.1219132713
8Irvine, CA58.921635317
9Portland, ME58.756211938
10Denver, CO58.715515612
11South Burlington, VT58.5411088137
12Burlington, VT58.493199016
13Huntington Beach, CA57.922144418
14Fremont, CA57.844232230
15Minneapolis, MN57.672424648
16Salt Lake City, UT57.297220236
17Scottsdale, AZ56.245845125
18Orlando, FL55.6533171444
19Boston, MA55.5080125120
20Boise, ID55.2952472111
21San Jose, CA55.1913163856
22Atlanta, GA55.1843142341
23Santa Rosa, CA54.6841631226
24Virginia Beach, VA54.607484334
25New York, NY54.4298214214
26Madison, WI54.2223412833
27Chicago, IL54.0486189810
28Columbia, MD53.832873061
29Los Angeles, CA53.6111895635
30Glendale, CA53.549951357
31Santa Clarita, CA53.285984366
32Fort Lauderdale, FL53.2573431043
33Oakland, CA53.222958273
34Sacramento, CA53.2166295521
35Richmond, VA53.0425672642
36Plano, TX52.868901651
37Tampa, FL52.4939274847
38Oceanside, CA52.3135547117
39Miami, FL52.2313573362
40Long Beach, CA52.1197363127
41Raleigh, NC52.0715284494
42Pittsburgh, PA52.0242226055
43Lincoln, NE51.84221194619
44Vancouver, WA51.8130691588
45Tempe, AZ51.3910753568
46Anaheim, CA51.1547404153
47Chesapeake, VA50.17111159524
48Nashua, NH50.12371251393
49Rochester, NY50.1282386840
50Missoula, MT49.93361313746
51Spokane, WA49.9057625448
52Durham, NC49.579507399
53Charleston, SC49.27171236152
54Colorado Springs, CO49.218888960
55Aurora, CO49.0767811870
56St. Paul, MN49.0551668937
57Las Vegas, NV48.93162252965
58Reno, NV48.91114851749
59Grand Rapids, MI48.7949706966
60Peoria, AZ48.791101065815
61Charlotte, NC48.32343276100
62Overland Park, KS48.21189472120
63Tacoma, WA48.14548940109
64Omaha, NE47.7246685390
65Pearl City, HI47.66511297162
66Manchester, NH47.60611165076
67St. Louis, MO47.55103467457
68Philadelphia, PA47.47167309632
69Yonkers, NY47.38963310369
70Phoenix, AZ47.34129348554
71Albuquerque, NM47.25122724759
72Baltimore, MD47.231212610064
73Cincinnati, OH47.13111498750
74Chula Vista, CA47.07327839132
75Chandler, AZ47.0791828123
76Garden Grove, CA47.05506010983
77Rancho Cucamonga, CA46.951051453423
78Tucson, AZ46.87143523278
79St. Petersburg, FL46.8481796563
80Wilmington, DE46.68789710428
81Gilbert, AZ46.49769220113
82Buffalo, NY46.32873711467
83Pembroke Pines, FL46.275610049146
84Oxnard, CA46.11105718481
85Sioux Falls, SD46.08937367101
86Fargo, ND45.937010563111
87Jacksonville, FL45.6090837080
88Glendale, AZ45.191481015258
89Anchorage, AK45.101259311831
90Bridgeport, CT45.031301126271
91Jersey City, NJ44.771003112596
92Santa Ana, CA44.76855710586
93Houston, TX44.757539106124
94New Haven, CT44.598911113339
95Dallas, TX44.301095881115
96Bismarck, ND44.161267771134
97Des Moines, IA43.783813679103
98Norfolk, VA43.673111813674
99Tallahassee, FL43.646216611622
100Knoxville, TN43.36156968384
101Columbia, SC43.274412891156
102Henderson, NV43.211401344585
103Aurora, IL43.186312710297
104Providence, RI43.121585615045
105Greensboro, NC43.07641568089
106Mesa, AZ43.031387641158
107Juneau, AK42.97689117082
108West Valley City, UT42.811285992165
109Newport News, VA42.652712914998
110Milwaukee, WI42.601428611372
111Billings, MT42.5869126128122
112Riverside, CA42.4513111466108
113Salem, OR42.431087515292
114Warwick, RI42.4077102124128
115Fresno, CA42.291375594129
116Cleveland, OH42.161324216187
117Cedar Rapids, IA42.1140132127125
118San Antonio, TX42.061049512095
119Modesto, CA41.7016012210877
120Springfield, MO41.669514212275
121Cheyenne, WY41.6348163112167
122Kansas City, MO41.6253117144107
123Columbus, OH41.487199148104
124Worcester, MA41.3412010314591
125Rapid City, SD41.33101107156116
126New Orleans, LA41.0716613014729
127Fort Worth, TX40.9211612078153
128Lexington-Fayette, KY40.8628104162155
129Cape Coral, FL40.7910213593160
130Nashville, TN40.6415464138112
131Huntsville, AL40.2560141153127
132Port St. Lucie, FL40.1814610986176
133Indianapolis, IN40.0814480157105
134Lewiston, ME39.9865165129159
135Little Rock, AR39.7783139140114
136Arlington, TX39.6411514077147
137El Paso, TX39.50173110101110
138Chattanooga, TN39.1514115099130
139Louisville, KY39.0816474146135
140Casper, WY38.85117171111172
141Oklahoma City, OK38.6384148134126
142Nampa, ID38.3316598131175
143Irving, TX38.13139133107140
144Akron, OH38.07149146132102
145Bakersfield, CA37.91151108139154
146Newark, NJ37.6917465154150
147Ontario, CA37.65161144117139
148Hialeah, FL37.5517061141163
149Fontana, CA37.32147159119133
150Tulsa, OK37.16113147135148
151Garland, TX37.14133138126138
152Stockton, CA37.07134121165149
153Fort Wayne, IN36.76145137121161
154Birmingham, AL36.58123151151143
155Grand Prairie, TX36.55119149169131
156Dover, DE36.4074173163173
157Columbus, GA36.31150157167119
158Moreno Valley, CA36.22153153164118
159Winston-Salem, NC36.08112169115166
160San Bernardino, CA35.81177154143106
161Charleston, WV35.3994168171136
162Amarillo, TX35.37179172110121
163Fayetteville, NC35.0279170166177
164Las Cruces, NM35.01127177130174
165Wichita, KS34.92124174137145
166North Las Vegas, NV34.6217516017379
167Mobile, AL34.19159158155178
168Baton Rouge, LA34.16152167160144
169Corpus Christi, TX34.11169155159152
170Detroit, MI33.73171124175151
171Augusta, GA33.67136162158180
172Toledo, OH33.27155152168169
173Lubbock, TX32.44180175123142
174Huntington, WV32.01168143179141
175Jackson, MS31.4592176174179
176Fort Smith, AR31.02172161177168
177Montgomery, AL30.86157178172164
178Memphis, TN29.17178164176171
179Shreveport, LA28.02176180178170
180Gulfport, MS26.02163179180182
181Laredo, TX25.64181181182157
182Brownsville, TX23.39182182181181

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.


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