Where you live has a huge impact on your health, fitness, and well-being. In cities that don’t provide easy access to nutritional food, healthcare, and recreational facilities, it can be difficult to maintain good health. In such cities, people feel stressed out and live a relatively unhealthy life. Here we take a look at the top 10 unhealthiest cities in the US.
Of course, your income and habits also play an important role in your overall health. But living in a city where locals are relatively healthy also has a huge impact on your well-being. For instance, if someone infected with flu doesn’t cover their mouth when they cough in public, you and others could also catch the disease.
Wellness technology platform Mindbody has published its annual 2020 Wellness Index. It ranks the 50 most populous American cities based on their wellness and health habits. Mindbody surveyed more than 20,000 people and analyzed health data from the US Census and other sources to compile the ranking.
These are the ten unhealthiest cities in America:
10- Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix residents have a relatively high median annual income, but they still reported high levels of financial stress. Close to 55% Phoenix residents are stressed about money. Only 36.8% people in the city are happy with their overall health.
9- Memphis, Tennessee
This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering Tennessee is one of the most obese states in the country. Only 37.7% of Memphis residents are happy with their overall health. Money problems stress out the locals most. According to Mindbody, 38.4% of Memphis residents are stressed or extremely stressed. Memphis has a special relationship with fried chicken, soul food, and barbeque.
8- Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville is the most populous and unhealthiest city in Florida. That’s in stark contrast with Miami, which has been named the healthiest city in the US. According to Mindbody, fewer than 20% locals work out regularly. Close to 39% of Jacksonville residents are stressed or extremely stressed. Only 31.3% locals are happy with their overall health.
7- San Jose, California
Last year, a study conducted by WalletHub ranked San Jose among the happiest cities in the country. The city has a strong economy driven by technology, and a sunny, temperate climate. It offers a high quality of life and plenty of employment opportunities. But more than 47% of San Jose residents reported feeling stressed or extremely stressed. And only 30.2% of locals are happy with their overall fitness, according to Mindbody.
6- Indianapolis, Indiana
People living in the capital city of Indiana should incorporate some major lifestyle changes to improve their overall health. Mindbody found that only 16.3% of Indianapolis residents work out regularly, and only 30% of locals are satisfied with their overall health. A staggering 48.6% of locals are stressed about money.
5- San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is home to 1.5 million people. The cost of living is well below the national average, but more than half of San Antonio residents are financially stressed. San Antonio residents are less likely than people in other cities to see a doctor. According to Mindbody, only 44.2% of locals reported getting annual medical checkups.
4- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia has several firsts to its credit including America’s first medical school, first hospital, first stock exchange, and first business school. But it’s one of the unhealthiest cities in the country. About 51% Philadelphians are stressed about money. Only 38.1% of locals are happy with their overall health, and only 17.5% of its residents work out regularly.
3- Mesa, Arizona
Mesa has the lowest percentage of residents who say they are close with family and friends. And only 21.7% of locals feel connected to their community and neighborhood. Locals don’t often go out to hike. Only 35% of Mesa residents are happy with their overall health.
2- Detroit, Michigan
Detroit is the second unhealthiest city in the country, lagging only behind Oklahoma City. It has the highest percentage of smokers in the US. More than 52% residents are stressed about money. With the Motor City’s economic decline and people losing their jobs, health hasn’t been the biggest concern for Detroiters.
1- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is officially the unhealthiest city in America. Mindbody said it was the most sleep-deprived city in the US, with only 38% residents getting a full night’s sleep. Fewer than half of its residents work out at least once a week. About 40% of Oklahoma City residents feel stressed or extremely stressed. Only 30.6% of the city’s residents are happy with their overall health.