The 25 Healthiest Cities in America

According to, Rochester, MN ranked number 1 in their 25 Healthiest Cities in America article. 

They examined more than two dozen measures of health factors and health outcomes from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. 

Based primarily on measures intended to capture quality and length of life, Rochester, Minnesota is the healthiest U.S. metropolitan area.

All 25 cities on the full list span 14 states and are located across multiple regions, from the Northeast to the Southwest — yet most share several common factors.

Rochester, MN> Premature death rate: 229.7 (per 100,000 residents)> Adult obesity rate: 25.1%> Pct. adults without health insurance: 5.4%> Median household income: $64,210

Home to one of the Mayo Clinic’s main locations, it is perhaps no coincidence that Rochester, Minnesota is the healthiest city in the United States. Adults in Rochester report an average of only 2.4 physically unhealthy days a month, the fewest of any U.S. city. When area residents need medical attention, there is no shortage of medical professionals in the area. There are roughly 180 primary care physicians for every 100,000 area residents, more doctors per capita than in any other U.S. city.

Area residents are also less likely to smoke, more likely to be physically active, and less likely to be obese than the average American. Life expectancy in the Rochester metro area is a near-nation-leading 81.2 years.


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