New Ranking Says Detroit Is The Least Healthy City In America


According to a study published today, Detroit ranks 150th out of 150 major American cities when it comes to being healthy.

The folks at WalletHub have put together a ranking of major cities across the country to see how healthy they are. Detroit is way behind San Francisco, the healthiest city in the United States, with an overall score of 68.06 out of a possible 100.

Detroit came under Memphis, Tennessee and Brownsville, Texas at just under 28.37.

Detroit had the lowest percentages of physically active adults, below the national average (75th) in eight health categories (this ranking is 1 at the top, 150 at the bottom):

  • 86 .. – Cost of a doctor’s visit
  • 84 .. – Psychological advisors per capita
  • 128 .. – Healthy restaurants per capita
  • 99 .. – Nutritionists and nutritionists per capita
  • 80 .. – avg. Fitness club membership cost
  • 148 – Proportion of physically active adults
  • 136 .. – running distances per capita
  • 134 – hiking trails per capita

While there has been a lot of interest in green trails like the Dequindre Cut extension lately, there could be a lot more per person.

To identify the healthiest cities overall in the US, WalletHub analysts compared 150 of the most populous cities in four key dimensions: 1) healthcare, 2) food, 3) fitness, and 4) green space.

Your sample only takes into account the actual city and excludes cities in the surrounding metropolitan region.

The top cities were all west of the Mississippi. In fifth place was Portland, OR; then Seattle, WA; Scottsdale, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; and top of the list, San Francisco, Ca.

If you are looking for a place to walk in or around town, Check out this list.


Dusty Kennedy