The addition of the Rose Kennedy Greenway did more than add pretty park space to Boston. The green space that wraps around the city's harbor helped clear the way for more bike riders, joggers, sightseers wanting a path with a pretty view, and hard-workers wanting a place to relax in the sun after a long week. All this extra green did more than just give people an excuse to get outside, it helped rank Boston as one of the healthiest cities in America.
Forbes recently announced its list of America's healthiest cities, and Boston sits at the top with the number three position. Neighboring New England cities Hartford and Providence also rounded out the top 20.
According to Forbes, 80 percent of Boston residents said they exercise regularly and 47 percent consider themselves 'moderately physically active.'
"Bostonians get out there and move," said the article. "Boston ranks just average in the amount of parkland available, but a high percent of the population walks or bikes to work, with the result that rates of obesity and diabetes are lower than average."
As for Hartford and Providence, both cities ranked in the top 20 thanks to endless open space and recreational areas. Hartford got props for its vast healthcare options, while Providence got nods for its beaches and bike paths.
Before packing up for your next trip, consider the cities that rank among the healthiest in the U.S.:
- Washington DC
- Portland, Ore.
- San Francisco
- Virginia Beach
- San Jose
- San Diego
- Salt Lake City
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