Feeling Fat, Energetic or Unhappy? America's Got a City for You!

Sperling's study, which measured health, wellness and overall energy, noted that San Francisco ranked in the 90th percentile for walking and biking to work and for partaking in moderate to vigorous exercise.

"Not only that, they looked great," the study reported, "with one of our study's lowest BMI scores."

The Bay Area also ranked No. 1 for recreational opportunities with the highest scores for both natural resources and fitness facilities, according to the study.

Safest Place to Live

Ramapo, N.Y.

The Rockland County town, located less than an hour north of Manhattan, is the safest place to live, according to CQ Press' "City Crime Rankings 2008-2009: Crime in Metropolitan America."

Home to nearly 109,000 people, according to the 2000 census, Ramapo had the lowest crime ranking, with 688 reported incidents in 2007 and no murders. The village is home to a conglomeration of villages and small hamlets, as well as a community college and a large population of Hasidic Jews.

New Orleans scored the lowest in the study, with 19,034 reported crimes and 209 murders in the same year.

Fattest City


A Men's Fitness study ranked Miami -- known for it's night life and scantily clad beachgoers -- as the nation's fattest city with 65 percent of residents being heavy enough to increase their risk of weight-related health problems.

The study showed that despite having 79 percent more gyms and health clubs than the average city, residents were less likely than average to use their gym memberships. Men's Fitness reported that Miami also had three times the fast-food restaurants as the average city and 74 percent more pizza restaurants.

They also scored low in participation in outdoor activities such as biking and running. Some factors though, may not be all their fault. The study also reported that Miami's commute is 50 percent "more oppressive" than average and was ranked the worst in terms of air quality.

The Men's Fitness report card for Miami seemed to be a list of contradiction -- A for fitness centers, B+ for nutrition and B- for geography. Yet it also gave the city an F for motivation, junk food and television viewing.

Fittest City

Salt Lake City

You can't have the fattest without the fittest. It might behoove Miami residents to spend more time in Salt Lake City, where, also according to Men's Fitness, residents participate in a impressive array of sports, from basketball, hiking, skiing and beach volleyball.

Utah's state capital was a newcomer to the Men's Fitness list. Mayor Ralph Becker told the magazine that "outdoor recreation is simply a part of the lives of those who call Salt Lake City home."

Men's Fitness reported that Salt Lake City residents pack in at least a half-hour of daily exercise and watch 23 percent less television than average.

While some of the Men's Fitness report card rankings were less than stellar -- F+ for junk food and C- for access to health care -- Salt Lake City scored A's in motivation, sports participation, fitness centers and parks and open space.

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