Cambridge Ranked Healthiest Overall in Self Magazine Ranks Best Cities for Women


Head of the Charles 2011

For the 11th year in a row, Self magazine has ranked what it believes to be "America's best cities for women."  The full list of 100 cities will be available in the December issue of Self, and on the magazine's website.

The magazine gathered 7,000 bits of data including air quality, toxic sites, sleep, weather, commute, exercise, farmers markets and more from 100 metro areas to find the healthiest cities in the United States.  As reported on their website,  Cambridge scored strongly in nearly every area they measured, including wellness (women's rates of obesity, cancer and depression are below average) and safety (violent crime is rare, as are car and pedestrian deaths). Compared with the average of the other cities on their list, 80 percent more women walk to work.

Plus, it's easier to afford the doctor in a place where 97 percent of women have insurance, thanks in no small part to a state that requires residents to be covered by law and chips in to help.

Photo: Head of the Charles Regatta, 2011. Photo by Bob Coe.

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