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This Arizona city has ranked among the most healthy in the nation

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PHOENIX — One of the healthiest cities in the nation can be found right here in the Valley.

According to WalletHub, Scottsdale was ranked No. 7 in the nation when it comes to being healthy.

Jill Gonzalez, a spokeswoman with the group, told KTAR News 92.3 FM the Phoenix-area suburb got its high ranking due to its wealth of fitness clubs, weight loss centers and fitness trainers.

In fact, it ranked No. 1 in the fitness category.

“It has a very high share of adults who engage in physical activity,” she said. “The mindset here is that physical activity is important. Because of that, there are a lot of fitness clubs per capita in Scottsdale, the most of any other city.”

Gonzalez also said Scottsdale scored high in the health care category — No. 10 in the nation, to be exact — for having one of the lowest death rates.

Scottsdale’s worst ranking came in the food category. It took home the No. 39 spot in the nation. Gonzalez said the city can also improve its health score by improving its parks and infrastructure.

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It was not the only Arizona city to make the list: Peoria followed behind at No. 37, making it and Tempe the only other two cities in the state to crack the top 50.

Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tucson, Mesa and Glendale all cracked the top 100 healthy cities in the nation.

In fact, there were no Arizona cities that scored outside of the top 100.

However, if you really want to reach the pinnacle of health, you might want to consider moving to San Francisco, which took home the top spot on WalletHub’s list.

The other cities that rounded out the top five most healthy included Seattle, Portland, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

KTAR News’ Nailea Leon contributed to this report. 


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