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Healthiest cities in America

Nearly 45 million Americans diet every year in an attempt to improve their health or lose weight. While trends ranging from paleo to water-fasting burst into the scene on a regular basis, studies show that drastic, heavily marketed plans—oftentimes kicking off after periods of massive consumption like the holidays—can have mixed results.

Generally speaking, the best route to a healthy life combines balanced eating habits with regular exercise—underscored by a shift from glamorized fitness standards to reasonable individual expectations. Personal wellness can be difficult to put into practice, however, depending on where you live. Cities that offer easy access to food markets in addition to plenty of gyms and medical resources can make pursuing a healthy lifestyle far more attainable for their residents.

In pursuit of finding out the most health-conscious cities, Stacker looked to Niche's Healthiest Places to Live rankings, which takes into account factors like smoking, regular alcohol consumption, access to gyms, physicians, and mental health professionals, and obesity rates to rank overall health. For each city, we've included the Niche's health and overall living grades, as well as the best gym, organic grocery store, and hospital in the area according to Foursquare.

Read on to find out if your city is one of the healthiest in America, and see which state made the list nearly 20 times.

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#50. Provo, UT

Population: 115,718

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Provo Recreation Center — 320 W. 500 N.

Best organic food store: Redmond Heritage Farm Store — 475 W. 910th S.

Best hospital: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center - NICU — 1055 N. 300 W.

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#49. San Jose, CA

Population: 1,009,363

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Planet Fitness — 20040 Hawthorne Blvd.

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls Sunnyvale — 605 Tasman Dr., Suite H

Best hospital: Good Samaritan Hospital — 2425 Samaritan Dr.

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#48. Salt Lake City, UT

Population: 191,446

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Ultimate Combat Training Center — 555 E. 2100 South

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 645 E. 400 S. Ste. A

Best hospital: University of Utah Hospital — 50 N. Medical Dr.

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#47. Clearwater, FL

Population: 111,747

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: The Long Center — 1501 N. Belcher Rd. (btwn Sunset Point and NE Coachman Rd.)

Best organic food store: Queen Bee Foods — 2213 Cypress Point Dr. E

Best hospital: Morton Plant Hospital — 300 Pinellas St.

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#46. Colorado Springs, CO

Population: 448,759

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa — 5904 Prairie Schooner Dr. (SW of N. Powers Blvd. and E. Woodman Rd.)

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 7690 N. Academy Blvd.

Best hospital: Penrose Hospital — 2222 N. Nevada Ave. (E. Monroe St.)

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#45. Stamford, CT

Population: 127,410

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Exhale Stamford — 2200 Atlantic St. (Washington Blvd.)

Best organic food store: Mike’s Organic Delivery — 377 Fairfield Ave. Bldg. 1

Best hospital: Tully Health Center — 32 Strawberry Hill Ct. (at Strawberry Hill Ave.)

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#44. Lincoln, NE

Population: 273,018

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: YMCA Cooper Branch — 6767 S. 14th St.

Best organic food store: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market — 5220 O St.

Best hospital: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital — 5401 South St.

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#43. Fort Collins, CO

Population: 157,251

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Raintree Athletic Club — 2555 S. Shields St.

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 4318 S. College Ave.

Best hospital: Poudre Valley Hospital — 1024 S. Lemay Ave. (btwn Elizabeth and Prospect)

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#42. Miami, FL

Population: 432,622

Overall Niche grade: B

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Body & Soul — 3183 SW 38th Ct.

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls South Beach — 1119 5th St. Miami Beach

Best hospital: UM Sylvester Cancer Center — 1475 NW 12th Ave. Fl. 1 (14th St.)

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#41. San Diego, CA

Population: 1,374,812

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center — 10110 Mesa Rim Rd. (btwn Flanders and Mesa Ridge Rd.)

Best organic food store: Lazy Acres Natural Market — 422 W. Washington St.

Best hospital: Naval Medical Center San Diego — 34800 Bob Wilson Dr.

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#40. Jersey City, NJ

Population: 261,666

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Base NJ — 60 Christopher Columbus Dr. (Marin Blvd.)

Best organic food store: Green Farmers Market — 101 Plaza Ctr.

Best hospital: Jersey City Medical Center — 355 Grand St. (at Jersey Ave.)

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#39. Long Beach, CA

Population: 469,793

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Walter Pyramid — 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd. (Merriam Way and Atherton St.)

Best organic food store: Mother's Market & Kitchen — 2475 Cherry Ave. (Willow)

Best hospital: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center — 2801 Atlantic Ave. (btwn Columbia and Patterson)

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#38. Atlanta, GA

Population: 456,378

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Flywheel Sports — 3063 Bolling Way NE

Best organic food store: Sprouts Farmers Market — 4330 East-West Connector (S. Cobb Dr.)

Best hospital: Emory - Wesley Woods Hospital — 1821 Clifton Rd. NE (Old Briarcliff Rd.)

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#37. Roseville, CA

Population: 128,276

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: iLoveKickboxing — 5020 Foothills Blvd.

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls Roseville — 3988 Douglas Blvd., Ste. 130

Best hospital: Kaiser Permanente Labor and Delivery — 640 Eureka Blvd. (at Douglas Blvd.)

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#36. Minneapolis, MN

Population: 404,670

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: The FIRM — 1010 2nd Ave. N. (Ste. 220)

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls Sunnyvale — 605 Tasman Dr., Ste. H

Best hospital: University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview - West Bank — 2450 Riverside Ave.

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#35. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Population: 175,153

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: LA Fitness — 1830 Cordova Rd.

Best organic food store: Tunie's — 900 N. Federal Hwy.

Best hospital: Broward Health Medical Center — 1600 S. Andrews Ave. (SE 17th St.)

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#34. Overland Park, KS

Population: 183,775

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: Prairie Life Fitness — 10351 Barkley St. (East of Metcalf Ave. on 103rd)

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 9108 Metcalf Ave.

Best hospital: Saint Luke's South Hospital — 12300 Metcalf Ave.

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#33. Richardson, TX

Population: 108,350

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A

Best gym: iLoveKickboxing — 5020 Foothills Blvd.

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 677 W. Campbell Rd., #100

Best hospital: Methodist Campus for Continuing Care — 401 W. Campbell Rd. (Canyon Creek)

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#32. Boston, MA

Population: 658,279

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Equinox Sports Club Boston — 4 Avery St. (btwn Tremont and Washington St.)

Best organic food store: Pemberton Farms & Garden Center — 2225 Massachusetts Ave. (at Day St.)

Best hospital: Brigham and Women's Hospital — 75 Francis St.

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#31. Plano, TX

Population: 279,088

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Flywheel Sports — 3063 Bolling Way NE

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 677 W. Campbell Rd., #100

Best hospital: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano — 6200 W. Parker Rd. (at Midway Rd.)

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#30. Los Angeles, CA

Population: 3,918,872

Overall Niche grade: B

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Equinox Hollywood — 1550 N. Vine St. (at Selma Ave.)

Best organic food store: Cooportunity Market And Deli — 8770 Washington Blvd.

Best hospital: Children's Hospital Los Angeles — 4650 W. Sunset Blvd. (at Vermont Ave.)

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#29. Thousand Oaks, CA

Population: 128,623

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Boulderdash — 880 Hampshire Rd. (Wild Rose St.)

Best organic food store: Vintage Grocers — 104 Promenade Way

Best hospital: Los Robles Hospital — 215 W. Janss Rd. (at Lynn Rd.)

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#28. Scottsdale, AZ

Population: 234,495

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Gainey Village Health Club & Spa — 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 13802 N Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 110 (at E. Thunderbird Rd.)

Best hospital: HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center — 10460 N. 92nd St.

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#27. Portland, OR

Population: 620,589

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Sunset Athletic Club — 13939 NW Cornell Rd. (NW 143rd Ave.)

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 3975 SE Powell Blvd.

Best hospital: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center — 1015 NW 22nd Ave. (NW Lovejoy St.)

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#26. Honolulu, HI

Population: 401,470

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: UFC Gym Honolulu — 805 Pohukaina St.

Best organic food store: Down To Earth — 2525 S. King St.

Best hospital: The Queen's Medical Center — 1301 Punchbowl St. (at S Beretania St.)

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#25. Sunnyvale, CA

Population: 149,596

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Crunch — 761 N. San Fernando Blvd.

Best organic food store: New Seasons Market — 760 E. El Camino Real

Best hospital: Sunnyvale Physical Therapy — 582 S. Sunnyvale Ave.

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#24. Denver, CO

Population: 663,303

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Cherry Creek Athletic Club — 500 S. Cherry St. (Virginia)

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 1433 Washington St. (Colfax and Washington)

Best hospital: Porter Adventist Hospital — 2525 S. Downing St. (btwn Harvard and Yale)

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#23. Columbia, MD

Population: 103,439

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Earth Treks Climbing Center — 7125 Columbia Gateway Dr. Ste. C

Best organic food store: Whole Foods Market — 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

Best hospital: Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine — 5755 Cedar Ln. (Little Patuxent Pkwy.)

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#22. Washington, D.C.

Population: 659,009

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Biker Barre — 738 7th St. SE (btwn G and I St. SE)

Best organic food store: MOM's Organic Market — 1501 New York Ave. NE (at Fenwick St. NE)

Best hospital: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital — 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW

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#21. Orange, CA

Population: 139,919

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: The Factory Bouldering and Yoga — 1547 W. Struck Ave. #A (Katella and Main)

Best organic food store: Wholesome Choice Market — 18040 Culver Dr. (at Michelson Dr.)

Best hospital: UCI Medical Center — 101 The City Dr. S. (at Chapman Ave.)

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#20. Oakland, CA

Population: 412,040

Overall Niche grade: B+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Ride Oakland — 4448 Piedmont Ave. (Pleasant Valley)

Best organic food store: Preserved Oakland — 5032 Telegraph Ave.

Best hospital: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland — 747 52nd St. (Martin Luther King Jr. Way)

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#19. Naperville, IL

Population: 145,789

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Orangetheory Fitness — 8 W. Gartner Rd. #120

Best organic food store: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Downers Grove — 325 Ogden Ave.

Best hospital: Edward Hospital - Main Campus — 801 S. Washington St. (Hawthorn Dr.)

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#18. Santa Clara, CA

Population: 122,725

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Bay Club Santa Clara — 3250 Central Expy.

Best organic food store: Heartland Society — 3340, 10051 E. Estates Dr.

Best hospital: Kaiser Permanente Medical Center — 710 Lawrence Expy. (at Homestead Rd.)

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#17. Boulder, CO

Population: 105,420

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: YMCA of Boulder Valley — 2850 Mapleton Ave. (at 28th St.)

Best organic food store: Natural Grocers — 100 W. South Boulder Rd. (at S. Public Rd.)

Best hospital: Boulder Medical Center — 2750 Broadway St. (at Balsam Ave.)

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#16. Carlsbad, CA

Population: 112,008

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: 24 Hour Fitness — 1265 Laurel Tree Ln.

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls Carlsbad — 6943 El Camino Real, #103

Best hospital: Advanced Cardio Services — 2544 Campbell Pl. Ste. 275

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#15. New York City, NY

Population: 8,461,961

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Equinox West 50th St. — 1633 Broadway (at Paramount Plz.)

Best organic food store: East Village Organic — 24 1st Ave. (btwn E. 7th St. and St. Mark's Pl.)

Best hospital: Hospital for Special Surgery — 535 E. 70th St. (at York Ave.)

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#14. Alexandria, VA

Population: 151,473

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Planet Fitness — 5960 Richmond Hwy.

Best organic food store: MOM's Organic Market — 3831 Mount Vernon Ave. (at Bruce St.)

Best hospital: Inova Alexandria Hospital — 4320 Seminary Rd. (at N. Howard St.)

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#13. Glendale, CA

Population: 197,895

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Equinox Glendale — 207 Goode Ave. (btwn N. Brand Blvd. and N. Central Ave.)

Best organic food store: Organix — 1731 Colorado Blvd.

Best hospital: Glendale Memorial Hospital — 1420 S. Central Ave.

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#12. Burbank, CA

Population: 104,583

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Crunch — 761 N. San Fernando Blvd.

Best organic food store: Organix — 1731 Colorado Blvd.

Best hospital: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center — 501 S. Buena Vista St. (at Alameda Ave.)

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#11. Costa Mesa, CA

Population: 112,439

Overall Niche grade: A-

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Cardio Barre — 369 E. 17th St.

Best organic food store: Wholesome Choice Market — 18040 Culver Dr. (at Michelson Dr.)

Best hospital: Hoag Memorial Hospital — 1 Hoag Dr. (at Newport Blvd.)

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#10. Bellevue, WA

Population: 136,718

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Bellevue Club — 11200 SE 6th St.

Best organic food store: PCC Community Markets — 3610 S. Edmunds St. (37th Ave. S.)

Best hospital: Overlake Hospital Medical Center — 1035 116th Ave. NE

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#9. Sandy Springs, GA

Population: 102,212

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: LA Fitness — 6690 Roswell Rd. (at Abernathy Rd.)

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls — 123 Perimeter Center West, Ste. 300

Best hospital: Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital — 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. (at Johnson Ferry Rd.)

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#8. Arlington, VA

Population: 226,092

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Gold's Gym — 1220 N. Fillmore St., #150

Best organic food store: Vitality Bowls Arlington — 1515 Wilson Blvd.

Best hospital: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital — 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW

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#7. Seattle, WA

Population: 668,849

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: The Bar Method — 124 Westlake Ave. N.

Best organic food store: PCC Community Markets — 3610 S. Edmunds St. (37th Ave. S.)

Best hospital: UW Medical Center — 1959 NE Pacific St.

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#6. Cambridge, MA

Population: 108,757

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Zesiger Sports And Fitness Center — 120 Vassar St.

Best organic food store: Pemberton Farms & Garden Center — 2225 Massachusetts Ave. (at Day St.)

Best hospital: Harvard University Health Services — 75 Mount Auburn St.(Dunster)

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#5. Pasadena, CA

Population: 140,268

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Matador Performance Center — 2620 E. Walnut St. (N. Vinedo Ave.)

Best organic food store: Organix — 1731 Colorado Blvd.

Best hospital: Huntington Memorial Hospital — 100 W. California Blvd. (btwn S Pasadena Ave. and S. Fair Oaks Ave.)

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#4. Irvine, CA

Population: 246,992

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Equinox Sports Club Orange County — 1980 Main St.

Best organic food store: Wholesome Choice Market — 18040 Culver Dr. (at Michelson Dr.)

Best hospital: Hoag Hospital Irvine — 16200 Sand Canyon Ave. (Alton)

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#3. Torrance, CA

Population: 147,307

Overall Niche grade: A

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Planet Fitness — 20040 Hawthorne Blvd.

Best organic food store: Mother's Market & Kitchen — 2475 Cherry Ave. (Willow)

Best hospital: Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center — 4101 Torrance Blvd. (Earl St.)

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#2. San Francisco, CA

Population: 850,282

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: The Olympic Club — 524 Post St. (at Taylor St.)

Best organic food store: Luke's Local — 960 Cole St.

Best hospital: San Francisco VA Medical Center — 4150 Clement St.

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#1. Berkeley, CA

Population: 118,585

Overall Niche grade: A+

Health and fitness grade: A+

Best gym: Equinox Berkeley — 2600 Shattuck Ave.

Best organic food store: Preserved Oakland — 5032 Telegraph Ave.

Best hospital: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland — 747 52nd St. (Martin Luther King Jr. Way)

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