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Healthiest U.S. City: Lincoln, Nebraska

CDC: At the Bottom of the List is Huntington, W.V., Deemed Least Healthy U.S. City
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WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

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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