5. Portland, OR
Charles McBride, OD
I'm actually a bit surprised that Portland ranked as high as it did. We have plenty of obesity and our share of individuals who smoke cigarettes and other things. It makes me wonder about the cities that ranked in the bottom half.
That said, Portland does have a robust bicycle riding culture and a growing obsession for organic foods. There are weekend farmer’s markets everywhere where Portlanders flock to get their locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats.
There are lots of parks and paths for hiking, and everyone is so used to the rain that it doesn't seem to matter. And speaking of rain, maybe Portland is so healthy because the rain washes everything clean every other day.