With employer-provided healthcare plan costs expected to rise by an average of 5.6% in 2023, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America, as well as expert commentary.
To identify the places where health is a priority, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 43 key metrics. The data set ranges from the cost of a medical visit to fruit and vegetable consumption to the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated.
|Healthiest Cities||Unhealthiest Cities|
|1. San Francisco, CA||173. Corpus Christi, TX|
|2. Seattle, WA||174. Laredo, TX|
|3. Honolulu, HI||175. Fayetteville, NC|
|4. San Diego, CA||176. Memphis, TN|
|5. Salt Lake City, UT||177. Montgomery, AL|
|6. Portland, OR||178. Augusta, GA|
|7. Washington, DC||179. Columbus, GA|
|8. Minneapolis, MN||180. Shreveport, LA|
|9. Denver, CO||181. Gulfport, MS|
|10. Irvine, CA||182. Brownsville, TX|
- Fremont, California, has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults, 6.20 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the highest at 17.60 percent.
- Laredo, Texas, has the lowest cost per doctor’s visit, $65.00, which is 3.6 times less expensive than in Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest at $235.22.
- Portland, Maine, has the lowest share of adults eating fruit less than once daily, 32.00 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the city with the highest at 52.60 percent.
- Glendale, Arizona, has the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness-club membership, $15.00, which is 7.1 times less expensive than in Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest at $106.88.