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Healthiest and Unhealthiest Cities for Women in America

Healthiest Cities for Women Revealed!

Self magazine has surveyed cities nationwide to find out exactly where the healthiest and unhealthiest spots are for women — I am happy to say that my gorgeous town of San Francisco was number one! Woot, woot! From walkable neighborhoods, plentiful scenic trails, and offices that encourage exercise breaks, San Francisco has got it going on.

The runners up were:

  • Nassau-Suffolk counties, NY
  • San Jose, CA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Burlington, VT

To find out the unhealthiest cities for women,

If you live in Gary, Indiana, then you're not going to be pleased to hear that it was named the unhealthiest city for women in America. From women there reporting they feel depressed at least four days a month to more than one in five of them reported to smoke on top of them being 13 percent more likely to die of cancer than the average woman, there is more than enough evidence to support its unhealthiness.

The runners up were:

  • Detroit, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Columbus, OH


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vixen2 vixen2 9 years
YAY san frannnnnnn
sy1217 sy1217 9 years
yay for honolulu! everyone is always working out!
elle86 elle86 9 years
Burlington, VT? How do they compile this evidence, anyway? Would be interesting to know...
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
I live an hour away from Gary, IN... where the Jacksons originate from.. nasty place!
point1121 point1121 9 years
Yayy suffolk! Li is my favorite place in the world. I live there but i'm wondering why it's considered so healthy? I got to school in Amherst, MA and I think they are more health conscious here than at home. They have more farmers markets, fresh produce, health food stores, healthy resturants etc etc. Maybe more people do exercise on long island though? I wonder where the study was from...
tooq2love tooq2love 9 years
i would love to live in Honolulu or San Francisco...Have been to two favorite cities...unfortunately, cannot afford to live there.
mtiger mtiger 9 years
Greenville...I come to Charleston all the time! My family has a dondo at Folly Beach!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Hey mtiger... I'm in SC too... Charleston area... what part are you in?
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Wow Im not shocked at all on Columbus and Cinci since I moved to OH I have never seen so many obese people in my life. Its obsurd and sad but this is very true. The problem is there is more takeout and restaurants than anywhere Ive been and the parking lots are full everyday of the week, odd but Im sure this is part of it. Really sad.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Go San Fran!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I live in South Carolina...I wonder where our cities would fall on the list. We have great weather, mountains, and lots of greenery!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
i'm suprised DC didn't make a healthy list.. it was the #1 healthiest city on a men's health list lately (gym reading, i'll pretty much read ANYTHING on a treadmill, and who doesn't want a peek into the other halves world?)
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
When I was living in Columbus they had a big push to make the city healthier. Guess it didn't work?
kimchimei kimchimei 9 years
yay for SF! I always love reading Self's cities list.
jgulli3 jgulli3 9 years
double yay for nassua, vic vic, i live in bethpage!
adrianalimafan adrianalimafan 9 years
So is everyone in San Francisco as psychotic as you are about food?
kxm24 kxm24 9 years
Yay!! I live in Suffolk County
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Another reason to move to San Francisco from western PA. If only I could afford to do so...
emalove emalove 9 years
None of my state's cities (Massachusetts) are on either list... Ohio isn't looking too good, huh??
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 9 years
Yay Nassau County...I live in Long Beach, it's wonderful..we are a healthy community (in the summer haha)
Kel-Lee-Leee Kel-Lee-Leee 9 years
I'm from Suffolk County- the number 2 ranked, i have no idea what they're talking about!! haha
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I am shocked that there are no Texas cities listed!
tonjay2002 tonjay2002 9 years
I need to move back home to San Francisco. Since I've left I have gained about....20lbs...:O(
karlorene karlorene 9 years
hahah I'm from Ohio and just had to laugh seeing 2 of our cities on this list... I personally live a pretty healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise but I'm not surprised the warmer areas are higher up on the list... it can be hard to motivate yourself to get up and go outside when its 0 degrees outside in the winter
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
I like how the healthiest cities are also basically impossible to afford living in. (Well, I don't know about Vermont to be fair.)
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