Staying active isn’t only good for a person’s health, it can also make good financial sense.
One of the best ways to maintain an active lifestyle is to live in a city that encourages and facilitates recreation. The healthiest cities have a wide range of leisure activities, both indoor and outdoor.
WalletHub feels that neighborhood parks are one of the most beneficial types of recreation a city can offer. The business’ research has found that having a park within 500 to 600 feet of a person’s property can have a significant impact on the home’s value, in addition, they help residents stay fit, saving them as much as $1,500 in healthcare costs per year, and lower the levels of pollution. Indoor recreational opportunities are important too, though, especially in places where the weather isn’t always opportune.
To determine the places where recreation is a high priority, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 48 key metrics that spoke to the benefits of recreational activities.
In each city, basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities and the weather were all examined. The cities that came out on top for 2023 are:
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Orlando, Florida
- Tampa, Florida
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- San Diego, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Chicago, Illinois