Where you live can have a real impact on the type of lifestyle you lead.
Close proximity to water means your weekends may be spent swimming, skiing or surfing, bushland or national park can turn you into an avid hiker, and a good local farmer’s market can mean you eat more greens.
Real estate site Trulia has ranked* the 10 healthiest cities in the U.S., analysing the country’s 100 largest metro areas by how easy it is to lead a healthy lifestyle there.
How does your hometown rate?
Salt Lake City, UT – Trulia reports "Utah’s capital has the most sports teams and leagues, and the most sporting goods stores per household of any of the top 100 metro areas in the United States. Locals love to hike, bike, and snowboard in the nearby Wasatch Mountains, which are teeming with valley trails and ski resorts. And they do it often—with 82 percent of residents having exercised in the past month."
West Palm Beach, FL - "With a temperate climate and year-round sunshine, West Palm Beach residents have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation. This spot in the Sunshine State and its immediate surrounding area has dedicated 15 percent of its land to green space, beaches, and landmarks—ranking number two in the park space category. With miles of trails in Okeeheelee Park, more than 160 golf courses, and neighborhoods like nearby Wellington, known for its horseback riding and polo fields, West Palm Beach has plenty of outdoor activities. And it has the second-most recreational dance companies (including ballet and contemporary) of the top 100 metro areas.”
Orange County, CA - "Orange County boasts the ultimate SoCal lifestyle, with 42 miles of beaches, sun-soaked days, and sprawling wilderness and nature parks with miles of trails and coastal preserves to explore. A full 14 percent of public land consists of green space and landmarks. From surfing in Laguna Beach and kayaking in Newport Harbor to and hiking in Peters Canyon Regional Park and Crystal Cove State Park, it’s no wonder that 85 percent of residents say they’ve exercised in the last month.”
Seattle, WA - "Seattle ranks 9th out of 100 cities in the bike-to-work category. There’s no shortage of ways to get out and explore this nature-filled mecca. Spectacular hiking trails abound in the wilderness areas of Discovery Park, Mount Si, and Mount Rainier, while water trails for kayakers dot the coastline."
Fort Lauderdale, FL - "It ranks number one on our list for parks, with 37 percent of public land dedicated to green space that everyone can enjoy. Greater Fort Lauderdale is the gateway to the Everglades, where Florida’s wilderness is easily accessible."
Charleston, SC - "With easy access for water sports, world-class golf courses, equestrian centers, and plenty of road space for cyclists and pedestrians—especially during summer in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood, where streets are closed to traffic, allowing residents to use the space for recreational purposes—the outdoor opportunities are rich in Charleston."
Cambridge, MA - "The city ranks second in the number of gyms. When the snow has melted, though, cyclists come out in force."
Boston, MA - "Boston is a city where residents are dedicated to cycling to work, even if they have to brave the bitter cold. It’s the second-highest city in our top 10 list for that distinction."
San Diego, CA - "With an annual average temperature of 70 degrees and 70 miles of sun-drenched coastline, outdoor adventure is a year-round pursuit in San Diego. The city ranked 10th in exercise, with 83 percent of residents reporting that they regularly break a sweat.
San Francisco, CA - "San Francisco is ranked number one of cities where residents bike and walk to work, with 9 percent of people reporting that they do so. With a wealth of bike paths and great routes to ride, like across the Golden Gate Bridge, the city respects its cyclists."
*Cities were analysed for “the percent of adults that report biking or walking to work for their commute; the percent of residents who reported exercising the previous month; the percent of metro area devoted to park space; and the ratio of the following compared to population size: fitness and recreation sports centers, sporting goods stores, sports and recreation instruction, sports leagues and clubs, diet and weight loss centers, dance companies, and grocery stores, as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."