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Richie Bernardo of WalletHub wrote up a substantive list of America’s healthiest cities (and least healthy too).


(The bigger the circle, the worse things are).

The study measured: health care, food, fitness, and “green space”. San Francisco took the top spot; Detroit came in dead last. This is interesting. I was unaware anyone still lives in Detroit.

Click HERE for the full list.

The top ten:

1 San Francisco, CA
2 Salt Lake City, UT
3 Scottsdale, AZ
4 Seattle, WA
5 Portland, OR
6 Irvine, CA
7 Huntington Beach, CA
8 Honolulu, HI
9 Washington, DC
10 Santa Clarita, CA

(West much?)

The methodology seems sound. I’m sure anyone would want to rearrange a few towns. For instance, I can’t see anything healthy about D.C. except for spending and corruption levels. Still, if you work in and for Mordor, things must be pretty good.

I’ve been to many or most of these places and the findings seem to fit. I was surprised Asheville didn’t place. Maybe there was a population limit. Plenty of smaller cities are healthy too. Then again, where’s Charleston?

Anyway, for a very short while longer, I’m stuck between two of the ranked areas: #27 Tampa and #141 Augusta. Again, the rankings seem about right. Let’s us briefly examine those two for comparative value (if any):

Tampa, FL


Tampa takes its worst hit on healthcare. I don’t go to the doctor but I know people who do. Tampa General seems like a pretty good hospital – for others… “Food” seems an average score; plenty of grocery stores and many decent restaurants. Fitness is appropriate at “10”. It’s a young, bustling city full of attractive people. They make an art out of taking care of themselves. The “green spaces” seems a little low – just a little. There are parks, even if they have a decidedly urban flare. And the countryside is not that far away.

All in all, it is a top 30 place, health-wise. There’s also an abundance of money, women, cigars, fast cars, women, beer, and other things to do.

Augusta, GA


“Smaller, Southern Detroit” is 141 out of 150. A city that prides itself on hospitals (and other government spending) comes in at 140 for healthcare. Again, my personal experience here is lacking. The food score seems a little low; the eateries may be a little plain but there are plenty of them. “Green spaces” is also low; I hike everyday in one of many available parks. Some double as crime scenes but at least they’re there. I hate to say it, but 107 for fitness seems a little generous.

That may detract from the healthcare (many hospitals but overloaded with unhealthy patients) and the green spaces (what good are they if no one uses them). Being out of shape in Augusta seems to be the second most important character trait (just behind apathy and just ahead of gleefully willful ignorance). The Golden Ticket bus may have just parked on Washington Road but the locals are parked at Golden Corral.

The Masters aside, the most popular activity in town is mourning the pile of magic bricks recently toppled by a local drunk (it’s not the pillar that’s cursed, folks). There’s a geological reason for much of this lowness. Still, thank God for Detroit.


The article also comes complete with “best vs. worst” ranking in several in-depth categories and some expert opinions about something. In fairness, I did not consult the experts. You might.

Check and see where your city stands (or lies).

If your town is out of sync with you, or visa versa, consider a move.