Ever wondered how Oregon stacks up against the competition in the overall health of its population? One Oregon city proved health-conscious enough to make the list of the 25 healthiest cities in the nation.

Using variables like fitness index, recreational opportunities, accessibility and quality of medical care, and percentage of residents with health insurance, BetterDoctor released a report with the most health-oriented cities nationwide. Can you guess which Oregon city made the list?

1. Boston, MA – 74.5 
2. Minneapolis, MN – 73.6
3. Washington, DC – 72.6
4. San Francisco, CA – 66.4
5. Hartford, CT – 62.7
6. Pittsburgh, PA – 60.1
7. San Jose, CA – 58.6
8. Salt Lake City, UT – 58.5
9. Seattle, WA – 57.7
10. Cincinnati, OH – 57.6
11. Portland, OR – 56.7
12. Denver, CO – 56.6
13. Sacramento, CA – 56.6
14. Atlanta, GA – 55.9
15. San Diego, CA – 55.3
16. Baltimore, MD – 55.0
17. St. Louis, MO – 54.7
18. Austin, TX – 53.9
19. Raleigh, NC – 52.7
20. Providence, RI – 51.3
21. Buffalo, NY – 50.3
22. Richmond, VA – 48.6
23. Chicago, IL – 48.4
24. New York, NY – 47.7
25. Philadelphia, PA – 44.0  

That’s right. Portland held its own, claiming a healthy ranking of 11th in the nation.

This isn’t the first list to include Portland as a hub of health and fitness. A 2014 study ranked Portland as the second best city for living an active lifestyle due to the myriad of low-cost recreational activities available to residents.

With the U.S. obesity rate climbing to 27.7% in 2014, it’s nice to see Portland keeping it weird and bucking the national trend.

 

Jon frequently engages in interests spanning music, art, politics, and social awareness. Growing up in southern Oregon, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys exploring Oregon's stunning landscape.

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