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Heart Friendly Cities in the U.S.

The American Heart Association just released the top 10 most—and least—heart friendly cities in the United States. The study looked at factors such as smoking rates, obesity and general health statistics to pick the best and the worst. And the winners are:

Mega Metros Top 10 Heart Friendly Cities

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI    
2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-VA-MD-WV
3. San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, CA
4. Denver-Aurora, CO
5. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
7. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
8. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
10. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Mid-Sized Metros Top Five Heart Friendly Cities
1. Salt Lake City, UT
2. Honolulu, HI
3. Colorado Springs, CO
4. Rochester, NY
5. Albuquerque, NM  

Remaining Metros Top Five Heart Friendly Cities

1. Boulder, CO
2. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME
3. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
4. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
5. Ann Arbor, MI

And the losers are:

Mega Metros Top 10 Least Heart Friendly Cities

10. Indianapolis, IN
9. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
8. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
7. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
6. Columbus, OH
5. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
4. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI.
2. St. Louis, MO-Ill.
1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN

Mid-sized Metros Top Five Least Heart Friendly Cities
5. Toledo, OH
4. Louisville, KY
3. Tulsa, OK
2. Lakeland, FL
1. Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Remaining Metros Top Five Least Heart Friendly Cities

5. Florence, SC
4. Montgomery, AL
3. Anderson, SC
2. Terre Haute, IN
1. Spartanburg, SC

Were you surprised by the results? How did your hometown stack up? [American Heart Association]

Posted: 5/22/08