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Boston ranked third healthiest city in America

Posted by Melanie Nayer  October 10, 2011 07:57 AM

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customhouse.JPGThe addition of the Rose Kennedy Greenway did more than add pretty park space to Boston. The green space that wraps around the city's harbor helped clear the way for more bike riders, joggers, sightseers wanting a path with a pretty view, and hard-workers wanting a place to relax in the sun after a long week. All this extra green did more than just give people an excuse to get outside, it helped rank Boston as one of the healthiest cities in America.

Forbes recently announced its list of America's healthiest cities, and Boston sits at the top with the number three position. Neighboring New England cities Hartford and Providence also rounded out the top 20.

According to Forbes, 80 percent of Boston residents said they exercise regularly and 47 percent consider themselves 'moderately physically active.'

"Bostonians get out there and move," said the article. "Boston ranks just average in the amount of parkland available, but a high percent of the population walks or bikes to work, with the result that rates of obesity and diabetes are lower than average."

As for Hartford and Providence, both cities ranked in the top 20 thanks to endless open space and recreational areas. Hartford got props for its vast healthcare options, while Providence got nods for its beaches and bike paths.

Before packing up for your next trip, consider the cities that rank among the healthiest in the U.S.:

  1. Minneapolis

  2. Washington DC

  3. Boston

  4. Portland, Ore.

  5. Denver

  6. San Francisco

  7. Hartford

  8. Seattle

  9. Virginia Beach

  10. Sacramento

  11. San Jose

  12. Richmond

  13. San Diego

  14. Cincinnati

  15. Salt Lake City

  16. Austin

  17. Pittsburgh

  18. Atlanta

  19. Providence

  20. Baltimore

Readers: Comments? Do you agree with this list?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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