RALEIGH — Raleighites, you can feel a little less guilty tucking into Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday after making MINDBODY’s top 10 list for healthiest cities in the United States.
The Oak City just made it, coming in at tenth place. The list was topped by Miami, FL followed by Atlanta, GA and San Francisco, CA. The study, which evaluated the largest cities in the US by population and ranked them from healthiest to least through a proprietary scoring algorithm, provides a snapshot of health in America’s largest urban centers.
Among Raleigh’s assets: The city, like San Francisco and Seattle, has very few smokers, noted MINDBODY, one of the leading technology platforms for the wellness industry.
Seventy-six percent also exercise at least once a week. How does the city work out? Raleigh is the HIIT capital of the US, with more HIIT enthusiasts per capita than any other top city.
It’s not just about one dimension of wellness for Raleigh, though. Residents also make self-care a part of their routines; 58 percent get beauty and grooming services four times a year or more.
“Our research validates that health and wellness is on the rise in hundreds of communities across the country, and these 10 cities exemplify that trend,” said Rick Stollmeyer, MINDBODY CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “We know there is significant, and growing, consumer appetite for a wide variety of wellness services, and as the leading technology platform enabling powerful wellness experiences, we are excited to help fuel the movement.”
Here’s the complete list of top 10 Healthiest Cities in America as measured by the 2020 MINDBODY Wellness Index:
- Miami, FL
- Atlanta, GA
- San Francisco, CA
- Denver, CO
- Austin, TX
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, DC
- Tampa, FL
- Minneapolis, MN
- Raleigh, NC
Other key insights show San Francisco as the city with the highest percentage of residents who visit multiple wellness businesses. Washington, DC is the number one spender in the beauty and grooming category. In Minneapolis, thirty percent of consumers take yoga classes at least once a week, which is the second-highest percentage of yoga enthusiasts per capita within the cities analyzed.