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Best Cities for Healthcare

Not only do these cities have many 5-star, Medicare-rated hospitals, but they also support healthy lifestyles due to their proximity to parks and beaches, their high walkability, and their clean air.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities for healthcare by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 4 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

Hospitals - Total Points: 50
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  • Number of nearby 5-star hospitals1 - Points: 20
  • Hospitals (<50 miles)1 - Points: 10
  • Share of nearby hospitals with Medicare rating of 5 stars1 - Points: 10
  • Hospital rating (avg)1 - Points: 10

Outdoor Activities - Total Points: 25
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  • Beaches2 - Points: 13
  • Parks3 - Points: 12

Local Transportation - Total Points: 13

  • Walkability score4 - Points: 9
  • Bikeability score4 - Points: 4

Air Quality - Total Points: 13

  • High ozone5 - Points: 5
  • Unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups5 - Points: 5
  • High PM2.5 pollution5 - Points: < 1
  • Unhealthy air quality5 - Points: < 1
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Points doubled for value calculation
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Points doubled for fun calculation

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