Not a gold, silver, or bronze, but pretty good just the same.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul took top honors, followed by Portland, Oregon. Oklahoma City and Detroit brought up the rear.
Denver did well in several areas:
- High levels of activity and exercise
- Lower levels of heart disease and diabetes
- Higher number of people who walk, cycle, or take public transportation to work
- And a good number of playgrounds, parks, and golf courses (which explains the too-often difficulty in getting a tee time).
Where we didn’t do so well:
- Higher number of smokers and tobacco users (especially people dribbling the chew and snuff)
- Higher number of people with asthma and other respiratory problems
- Higher levels of stress, depression, and other mental health issues
- Less availability of PE in schools.
Here’s the national scoreboard:
1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Portland, Ore.
4. San Francisco
9. Hartford, Conn.
10. San Jose
12. Salt Lake City
14. San Diego
15. Raleigh, N.C.
18. Virginia Beach
20. Richmond, Va.
24. New York City
28. Kansas City, Mo.
29. Los Angeles
30. Columbus, Ohio
31. St. Louis
35. Riverside, Calif.
38. New Orleans
39. Las Vegas
41. Birmingham, Ala.
48. San Antonio
50. Oklahoma City
And here’s a link to the research: