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Suburbs May Be Hazardous to Your Health

People Who Live in Sprawling Suburbs May Face Greater Health Risks

Suburban Sprawl: Public Health Enemy No. 1? continued...

"To improve our health the study suggests that we should build cities where people feel comfortable walking and are not so dependent on cars," says RAND researcher Deborah Cohen, MD, in the release. "This study gives the public a way to personalize the issue of sprawl in a way that hasn't happened before."

Regions with the worst suburban sprawl included:

  • Riverside-San Bernardino region of California
  • Atlanta
  • Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Bridgeport-Danbury-Stamford, Conn.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Detroit

Regions with the least amount of suburban sprawl included:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Boston
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Miami
  • Denver
  • Chicago
  • Milwaukee

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