Twin Cities Ranked Second Healthiest City In The U.S.

When BetterDoctor.com analyzed the fifty largest cities in the United States for healthy habits and access to quality healthcare, Minneapolis/Saint Paul was ranked the second healthiest metropolis in the country.

At Summit Orthopedics, the health of our community is always a hot topic. Health buzz is especially noticeable early in the year. Gyms are filled with committed members bent on losing weight, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly—these goals are the three top New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps this is what motivated BetterDoctor.com to crunch numbers and evaluate the state of health in our 50 largest cities.

Where you live has an influence on your fitness goals, simply because health commitments are easier to pursue in some parts of the country than in others. Healthcare access, quality of medical care, the cost of health insurance, and recreational opportunities can support or hinder an individual’s pursuit of health—and these factors vary widely from city to city. Some communities have a head start as they turn their health objectives into reality, and according to BetterDoctor.com, Minneapolis/Saint Paul is a great place to pursue good health.

BetterDoctor.com evaluated each city using a 100-point index focused on three issues:

  • Healthy residents. The American Fitness Index was used to assess the fitness of each urban population. Health was measured using factors including eating habits, exercise, rates of disease and chronic health problems, and access to parks and recreational activities.
  • Accessible, high-quality medical care. The quality of each city’s physicians was evaluated based on two measures: the percentage of physicians with high professional ratings, and the number of primary care physicians per 1,000 residents.
  • Cost and availability of health insurance. Cities were rated based on their percentage of insured residents and on ease of access to medical care.

Less than a point separated the Twin Cities from the top scoring city, Boston. Although Boston has a few more primary care physicians per thousand residents, and slightly more of those residents are insured, we were pleased to note that the Twin Cities boasts significantly more physicians with high professional rankings. We applaud our patients and our community for another factor that won the Cities a high rating: our residents demonstrate a high level of overall fitness.

The journey to health happens step by step, and we are proud to serve a community with a demonstrated commitment to a fit lifestyle. As you pursue your personal health summits, we will continue to strive to offer the highest quality of medical care to keep you on track toward your goals.

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