Report Says These Indiana Cities Are Among the Unhealthiest in the Country
Oh, look, another report that is "less than favorable" for Indiana. This time it's a look at the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in America. Wanna guess how the Hoosier state did? Hint - it is NOT in the top half of the country. But if you're looking for a silver lining, here it is - Indiana cities weren't last, or even in the bottom 20, so, there's that.
In order to determine which cities are the healthiest and unhealthiest, the folks at WalletHub.com gathered data from the 182 most populated cities in the following key factors - Health Care, Food, Fitness, and Green Space. There were several metrics for each of those factors, things like:
- Premature-Death Rate
- Mental Health
- Physical Health
- Farmer's Markets per Capita
- Gourmet Specialty-Food Stores per Capita
- Healthy Restaurants per Capita
- Fitness & Instruction Centers per Capita
- Average Cost of Fitness-Club Membership
- Quality of Parks
- Hiking Trails per Capita
How Did Indiana Do?
There are two Indiana cities that made the list - Indianapolis and Fort Waye - but I had to scroll a while before I found their results. Here's how they scored.
With a total score of 41.76, Indianapolis landed at #120. When it comes to the 'green space' category, Naptown ranked 152nd.
If you scroll down a little bit further you will find Fort Wayne with a score of 36.16 which puts them at #160. And their 'green space' score was even worse at 179th. Yikes!
Which Cities are the Best and the Worst?
According to the research, the healthiest city in America is San Francisco, CA, which ranked first in 'food' and 'green space.' And way down at the very bottom of the least, the unhealthiest city in America is Brownsville, TX, which ranks 182nd (dead last) in 'food' and 'fitness.'
Scroll over the map to see the rest of the cities, and you can see all of the various scores in the full report here.