MSP among America's "happiest, healthiest" metros, HuffPo study says

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We're healthy. We're happy. We love lists.
In case you haven't caught the drift from our first 216 posts along these lines, here's some news for ya: Relatively speaking, Twin Citians are healthy.

SEE ALSO: Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com's Best Bike City honor

The latest evidence on this score comes from the Huffington Post, which ranked MSP third on its list of the country's "healthiest, happiest" cities.

The HuffPo study "painstakingly evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being," including good stuff like "access to green space and concert halls to number of farmers' markets (not to mention the inclination to eat five fruits and veggies a day)" and bad stuff like disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates, and crime stats.

Lo and behold, MSP ranked behind only San Jose and Salt Lake City.

HuffPo's remarks about the Twin Cities laud the area for our cycling culture.

"It's part of the fabric of our work here," Courtney Jordan Baechler, M.D., a cardiologist at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, told the HuffPo. "People have spent decades boosting heart health by making the area more bikeable, for example, and offering cholesterol and blood pressure screenings to everyone."

Here's the top 10 list of the "happiest, healthiest" metros, which is surprisingly heavy on midwestern cities.

1. San Jose
2. Salt Lake City
3. MSP
4. Anaheim
5. San Diego
6. Fargo
7. San Francisco
8. Madison
9. Sioux Falls
10. Honolulu

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Lynn Maris
Lynn Maris

I am not Happy! Lost custody of my children to an alleged abuser and wanted fugitive.. a person who assaulted me then threw the kids and I out on the street to be homeless.. no justice in Henn County Family Court: www.familycourtinjustice.wordpress.com

DaveTheDopeFiend
DaveTheDopeFiend

GUYS! GUYS! WE MADE ANOTHER LIST OF BEST CITIES FOR SOMETHING OR OTHER! MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT IT BECAUSE PEOPLE FROM OTHER CITIES TEND TO REALLY GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THESE LISTS! WE'RE DOING IT, GUYS -- WE'RE REALLY DOING IT! YES! WE ARE SO FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!

brill029
brill029

Fargo and Sioux Falls?

/dubious

InYoFacePDX
InYoFacePDX

At least MSP makes more sense than calling Portland PDX.  Ha, beat you again Portland!

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