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    CDC: At the Bottom of the List is Huntington, W.V., Deemed Least Healthy U.S. City

    Nov. 17, 2008 - Lincoln, Neb. is the healthiest city in the U.S., and Huntington, W.V. is the least healthy, 2007 CDC data reveal.

    The CDC's city-by-city report is based on annual health surveys. Residents were asked to rate their health as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor.

    Topping the list was Lincoln, Neb., where 92.8% of residents say their health is good or better and only 7.2% report fair or poor health.

    At the bottom of the list is Huntington, W.V., where only 68.8% of residents say they enjoy good or better health, and a whopping 31.2% report only fair or poor health.

    Some news reports have put Burlington, Vt., at the top spot. Those reports are based on 2006 CDC data. In the most recent available data, from 2007, Burlington ranks fourth behind Lincoln, Fargo, N.D., and Boulder Colo., according to the CDC's Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends (SMART) database.

    Healthiest City -- City-by-City Rankings

    The CDC tells WebMD it does not rank cities or states in terms of health. But here's how U.S. cities line up, based on the CDC's SMART database:

    Cities are ranked from healthiest (Lincoln) to unhealthiest (Huntington). Cities are shown according to the metropolitan area to which they belong. Some metropolitan areas cross state lines.

    Healthiest Cities:

    1. Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area
    2. Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area
    3. Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
    4. Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    5. Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    6. Provo-Orem, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    7. Concord, NH Micropolitan Statistical Area
    8. Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area
    9. Barre, VT Micropolitan Statistical Area
    10. Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA Metropolitan Division
    11. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division
    12. Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division
    13. Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    14. Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area
    15. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area
    16. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
    17. Worcester, MA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    18. Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    19. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area
    20. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    21. Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area
    22. Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
    23. Gainesville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    24. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan Statistical Area
    25. Casper, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area
    26. Salt Lake City, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    27. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    28. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division
    29. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    30. Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division
    31. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area
    32. Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan Statistical Area
    33. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    34. Olympia, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    35. Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area
    36. Manchester-Nashua, NH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    37. Springfield, MA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    38. Bellingham, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    39. Bremerton-Silverdale, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    40. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    41. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
    42. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    43. Denver-Aurora, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
    44. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    45. Austin-Round Rock, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    46. New Haven-Milford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    47. Rutland, VT Micropolitan Statistical Area
    48. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    49. Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area
    50. Rockingham County-Strafford County, NH Metropolitan Division
    51. Spokane, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    52. Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division
    53. Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area
    54. Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area
    55. Wenatchee, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    56. Boise City-Nampa, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area
    57. Topeka, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area
    58. Edison, NJ Metropolitan Division
    59. Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    60. Raleigh-Cary, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    61. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area
    62. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    63. Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area
    64. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area
    65. Bangor, ME Metropolitan Statistical Area
    66. Norwich-New London, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    67. Boston-Quincy, MA Metropolitan Division
    68. Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
    69. Palm Coast, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    70. Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division
    71. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    72. Billings, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area
    73. Honolulu, HI Metropolitan Statistical Area
    74. Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    75. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division
    76. Anchorage, AK Metropolitan Statistical Area
    77. Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    78. Kahului-Wailuku, HI Micropolitan Statistical Area
    79. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    80. Essex County, MA Metropolitan Division
    81. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area
    82. Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area
    83. Baltimore-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area
    84. Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    85. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    86. Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    87. Durham, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    88. Santa Fe, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area
    89. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    90. Akron, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    91. Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    92. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area
    93. Reno-Sparks, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area
    94. Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    95. Albuquerque, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area
    96. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    97. Idaho Falls, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area
    98. Kalispell, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area
    99. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    100. Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    101. Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    102. Naples-Marco Island, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    103. Riverton, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area
    104. St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    105. Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area
    106. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Tonawanda, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area
    107. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division
    108. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division
    109. Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    110. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    111. Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division
    112. Kapaa, HI Micropolitan Statistical Area
    113. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area
    114. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    115. Tucson, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area
    116. Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area
    117. Tulsa, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area
    118. Greenville, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    119. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area
    120. Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area
    121. Lake Charles, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    122. Grand Island, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area
    123. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area
    124. Seaford, DE Micropolitan Statistical Area
    125. Greensboro-High Point, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    126. Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    127. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    128. Louisville, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area
    129. Farmington, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area
    130. Jackson, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area
    131. Oklahoma City, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area
    132. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area
    133. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    134. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    135. Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division
    136. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    137. San Antonio, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    138. Hilo, HI Micropolitan Statistical Area
    139. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area
    140. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    141. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    142. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    143. Dayton, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    144. Tuscaloosa, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    145. Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area
    146. Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    147. Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division
    148. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division
    149. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    150. Key West-Marathon, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    151. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    152. Gulfport-Biloxi, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area
    153. Homosassa Springs, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    154. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    155. Lake City, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    156. Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    157. Clewiston, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    158. New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
    159. Montgomery, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    160. Ocala, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    161. Nogales, AZ Micropolitan Statistical Area
    162. Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    163. Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    164. Lewiston, ID-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    165. Las Cruces, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area
    166. Sebring, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    167. Fayetteville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    168. Yuma, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area
    169. Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area
    170. Wauchula, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    171. Arcadia, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    172. Yakima, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    173. Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area
    174. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division
    175. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    176. Fort Smith, AR-OK Metropolitan Statistical Area
    177. Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area
    178. El Paso, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    179. Okeechobee, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area
    180. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    181. Mobile, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area
    182. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    183. Laredo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area
    184. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

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