Mindbody, a technology platform located in San Luis Obispo, announced on Tuesday their ranking of the 10 healthiest cities in America as part of its 2022 Mindbody Wellness Index. Los Angeles ranked second on the list, while Miami was ranked as the healthiest city in America for the third year in a row.
The annual Mindbody Wellness Index, one of the wellness industry’s most comprehensive studies, aims to provide a holistic view of wellness across America by considering several factors including workout habits, commitment to sufficient sleep, stress levels, connection to community and spirituality, among other wellness behaviors and attitudes.
To calculate this annual ranking, Mindbody surveyed 16,000 adults in the 50 most populated US cities and ranked those cities from healthiest to least through a proprietary scoring algorithm.
“For the third year in a row, Miami residents continue to prove their impressive dedication to health and wellness,” said Josh McCarter, Mindbody CEO. “Through Mindbody’s annual ranking of the Healthiest Cities in America, we aim to provide a detailed glimpse into the health and wellness of America’s largest urban centers.”
Of the 50 U.S. cities surveyed, Miami ranked highest in residents who exercise at least once a week and residents who exercise for 90 minutes or more per week. Working out later in the day is very popular in Miami, earning the city the title of most likely to book an evening workout in the recently released 2021 ClassPass Fitness & Beauty Trends Report. Miami residents also ranked as the least stressed, most well-rested and most connected to their community.
Four of the healthiest cities in America hailed from California. Los Angeles earned the title of second healthiest city in America, followed by San Diego in third place, San Francisco in sixth place and San Jose in seventh place.
Los Angeles moved up from seventh place in 2021 to second place this year by ranking highly across a variety of factors. The city ranks third in residents who feel spiritually fulfilled, boasts a high number of non-smokers and has a high number of residents who exercise at least 90 minutes per week.
Also notably, Raleigh, N.C. made a significant jump up the list, moving from rank 28 to 10 this year. Raleigh residents incorporated healthier habits into their lives in the last 12 months, including a decrease in excessive alcohol consumption and an increase in percentage of residents who exercise at least 90 minutes per week.