California has a reputation for healthy outdoor living.
According to US Census data and a report published by Niche, the state’s reputation is deserved.
Berkeley, Irvine, and San Francisco ranked highest in the nation for cities with the healthiest populations.
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Californians are known for their active outdoor lifestyle and healthy living habits.
As it turns out, the reputation is all true. According to a report by Niche backed by US Census and CDC data, California is home to the top three US cities with the healthiest populations.
The data ranks cities by their rates of smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity as well as access to healthcare, mental health, and fitness centers.
Here are the three cities that came out on top.
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Berkeley was not only ranked the healthiest US city, but the number one suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area as well. With easy access to shoreline at the Berkeley Marina or the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park and a population of close to 121,000, Berkeley is home to an environmentally friendly urban-suburban mix with lots of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.
Ranked sixth on the list of the US’ best cities for young professionals, nearly half the city’s residents are between the ages of 18 and 34. The city is home to a highly rated school system and the esteemed public university, UC Berkeley.
This Orange County suburb was ranked second on the list of healthiest US cities. With a population of around 265,000, Irvine also tops charts when it comes to its public school system, which ranks fifth in the US.
Of all Irvine residents, 47% are homeowners, and, with dozens of community and neighborhood parks and even a wildlife sanctuary, the neighborhood is known to draw a large population of families and young professionals.
Ranked third on the list of healthiest US cities — and second on the list of best US cities for young professionals — San Francisco is the most urban of the three to make the list. Home to around 870,000 people, the city offers residents neighborhoods packed with bars, restaurants, and parks. Around 62% of residents are renters, and the city’s median home value is just north of $1 million.
Though dense in population, San Francisco is home to some of California’s most notable nature attractions, from Glen Canyon Park to Golden Gate Park and Baker Beach. Visitors often frequent attractions like the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the Presidio, a popular pedestrian trail facing the bay.
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