A particular around the world to discover where the healthiest cities are and which contribute the most to the welfare of their citizens.
If you want to discover if you live in one of the healthiest cities in the world, we propose a particular trip to the cities that enjoy better health and, therefore, improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. What factors influence a city to be more or less healthy? From the density of automobiles, the number of green areas, smoke-free spaces, access to healthcare and, of course, air quality, among many others.
There are numerous studies that analyze the relationship between the environment and health, from studies on the most polluted cities to those best placed to escape from climate change. One of these studies, prepared by the Institute of Global Health of Barcelona (ISGlobal) and published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, states that living next to spaces with water is good for mental health and well-being and for the promotion of physical exercise. But there is more. And for this, we give a particular return to the world.
Healthier cities in the United States
Based on the American Fitness Index (AFI), the healthiest cities in the United States are those that promote a healthy lifestyle, with smoke-free spaces, more public parks, support for agricultural markets and easy access to medical attention.
- Minneapolis – Saint Paul: Known as the Twin Cities, its natural environment (green areas, lakes …) places it as one of the healthiest.
- Washington: In addition to its natural environment (the valleys and mountains of Maryland and Virginia or the beaches of Delaware), it has one of the best public transport networks and some of the most recognized medical institutions.
- Seattle: For outdoor enthusiasts, the perfect city is Seattle, being one of the cities with the lowest rate of smokers and patients with cardiac disorders.
- Boston Has one of the lowest rates of obesity and is also one of the references (specifically, Boston University) in medical research.
- San Francisco: It has one of the lowest rates of obesity and smoking in the country. The University of California in San Francisco is also among the most prestigious medical schools in the country.
Healthier cities of Canada
- Whitehorse: Located in northern Canada is considered the city with the cleanest air in the world.
- Ottawa: Located in the province of Ontario, it is the fourth city in the world where the best air in the world is breathed.
Healthier cities in Spain
- Vitoria: It has the title of Green Capital of Europe and the World Health Organization has recognized it as a member of the European Network of Healthy Cities.
- Palma de Mallorca: The British tabloid The Sunday Times chose in 2015 the capital of the island of Mallorca as the best city to live in the world. According to WHO, it is one of the cities with the least pollution (8 micrograms / m3).
- Las Palmas de Gran Canarias: One of the least polluted cities in Spain, according to WHO. The trade winds that release the sky of polluting substances would be the key.
- Marbella: On the coast of Malaga you can boast excellent air quality.
- Cáceres: In addition to an impressive historical set, it can boast of being one of the urban nuclei of Spain where the air is cleaner.
Healthier cities in Europe
- Copenhagen: The bicycle is the most used means of transport in the capital of Denmark, which largely explains the low level of pollution.
- Helsinki: The capital of Finland is considered one of the most sustainable cities in Europe and the world.
- Monaco: According to the WHO (World Health Organization), it has one of the best health systems in the world, and an average life expectancy close to 90 years (89.6).
Healthier cities in Latin America
The healthiest cities in Latin America can be found in Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Panama if we follow the Bloomberg Global Health list of the wealthiest countries of 2017.
Healthier cities of Australia
- Melbourne: According to the British weekly The Economist, it is the healthiest city to live, according to five criteria, medical services, stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
- Adelaide and Perth: According to the same ranking, are the other two cities in Australia that are among the 10 best cities to live.