Here’s how Atlanta ranks among America’s healthiest cities

Yoga emphasizes physical poses as well as breathing and meditation.



Yoga emphasizes physical poses as well as breathing and meditation.

A new ranking on the nation's healthiest cities by personal finance website WalletHub lists Atlanta among the top 25 in the nation.

To come up with the 2017 list, WalletHub analysts examined America’s 150 most populous cities and compared each based on four key dimensions: health care, food, fitness and green space. These dimensions were then evaluated using 34 relevant metrics.

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For example, health care scores were weighed based on metrics such as premature death rates, cost of medical and dental visits, quality of public hospital systems and more.

Metrics such as healthy restaurants per capita, obesity statistics and others were considered for the food dimension.

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Fitness was measured by metrics like fitness clubs per capita, cost of memberships and more.

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And lastly, the green space dimension was measured by parks, hiking and running trails per capita and several other metrics.

Atlanta, which came in at No. 21, is one of three Georgia cities on the list. Unfortunately, the other Georgia cities—Augusta and Columbus—ranked low on the list at No. 141 and No. 126 respectively.

The metro ranked second among the nation’s 150 most populous cities in the fitness dimension.

Here’s a breakdown of how Atlanta ranked among the cities in each dimension:

  • Health care: No. 110
  • Food: No. 30
  • Fitness: No. 2
  • Green space: No. 46

The top 10 healthiest cities, according to WalletHub:

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Salt Lake City, Utah
  3. Scottsdale, Arizona
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Irvine, California
  7. Huntington Beach, California
  8. Honolulu, Hawaii
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Santa Clarita, California

More about the study and its methodology.