If you’re thinking of where to move, where to raise a family, or just wondering where the healthiest places are in the United States of America – well you might be surprised. Health is a bit of an ambiguous term because there are so many factors that go into a healthy life. For this article, we are going to take a look at the 2018 Healthiest Places to Live in the United States website by Niche.com. On their site, the factors that go into determining the health rating of a city are the following: Public Schools, Housing, Crime and Safety, Nightlife, Good for Families, Diversity, Jobs, Weather, Cost of Living, Outdoor Activities, Commute and Health and Fitness. As you can see it’s a wide range of topics that have been considered to get the overall health rating for the following cities. Here are the top 3 healthiest places in America according to Niche.com:
1. Berkeley, California
This wonderful city is rated as the top number 1 healthiest city to live in America, it’s also number one for the Healthiest Places to Live in America, and rates number 3 for the best cities to live in America. This city is compromised of a 43% ownership rate in terms of home ownership. The median home value is almost $800,000 which is more than 4 times higher than the national average of $184,700. One of the best benefits to living in Berkeley for those of you with children or planning a family is the fact there are so many highly rated public schools. Why does Berkeley perform so well? It probably has a lot to do with the fact that the population is very well educated, with 39% of the population having a Master’s degree or higher, which is substantially higher than the national average of 12%. Likewise, the percentage of the population with a Bachelor’s degree is also extremely high coming in at 33% vs the national average of 19%. These factors probably are a strong influence in terms of health, because the higher educated you are, the better the salary you can command, so the more resources you will have for a healthier lifestyle. This is not always true but does have some influence on an average population.
2. San Fransisco, California
While this city has gotten a lot of attention lately for the extremely high cost of living and how it is forcing many people to live further away or to relocate completely. But at least the high cost of living transfers into a great place to live – San Francisco rates as the number one best city for outdoor activities in America, it gets the second place for the best city for millennials in America and second place for the healthiest city in America. If you have children or hope to raise them in a healthy city, then San Francisco is an excellent choice for you. With over 100 public schools, there’s a lot of variety. including many with the A rating, ensuring that your children will receive a wonderful education. San Francisco also rates as A for diversity, so if you can be sure your children will grow up in a rich and diverse culture. The Median income is also extremely high in San Francisco, coming in at over $87,701 per year well above the national average of $55,322 – over $32,000 higher which is quite remarkable.
3. Torrance, California
You might have started to see a trend here, with the top three results all in California – it is one of the best states to live in. If you’ve not heard of Torrance, maybe you should because it performs extremely well, taking the third place for the healthiest city in America. There’s a B- rating for crime and safety, which is much better than San Francisco and Berkeley perform. So if safety is important to you without sacrificing the high standard of health, Torrance may be a great option for you. Torrance ranks as the third healthiest city in America, as well as the third Healthiest place to live in America. Torrance also takes the 12th spot for Best Cities for Outdoor Activities and the 13th spot for Best Cities to Retire in America. 17% of the population in Torrance, California are children which shows that it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.
If you’re looking to relocate and finding somewhere that is healthy is important to you, then California might be your best bet. Many of California’s cities perform extremely well in tests of healthiness and quality of life.