Whether you agree or disagree with The Affordable Care Act (ACA), one must acknowledge the fact that it has really placed a focus on the state of the country’s current health.  This refocusing has obviously placed a large spotlight on the healthcare system and as a consequence more people know that the United States ranks behind most developed nations in life expectancy, despite spending more per capita on health care than any other country.

Health outcomes vary greatly around the country, for instance, over 30% of the adult population of Madera, California, reported being in poor health while at the same time only 6.4% of the population in Ames Iowa (the healthiest city as found by 24/7 Wall St.) said the same.  Addressing this vast difference is another goal of the ACA.  

24/7 Wall St. created this index to identify the healthiest city in each state (click here for the Least Healthiest Cities).

Each city was ranked based on overall health outcomes; including length and quality of life. Also The long range of factors that influence these outcomes were also considered. These include healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic indicators, and physical environment.

Urban dwelling has in most cases been found to have positive impacts on the health of a population, including access to healthy food, places to exercise, and enough jobs to keep people employed and earning the money they need to afford healthy lifestyles and health care.

Obviously, healthy behaviors correlate with healthier populations…for example, high rates of exercise were common in the healthiest cities compared to national rates of exercise. Also, not surprisingly, Obesity correlates with many of the leading causes of death in this country, so obviously the healthiest cities’ obesity rates were generally lower than the national rate. Smoking was also found to be an important health indicator.  Only seven of the healthiest cities in each state had smoking rates above the national average.

 

It is also worth noting that most of the healthiest cities had very high rates of health insurance coverage.  

 Another important factor in these metro areas is education. Almost every city with healthier populations has above average rates of adults who have completed at least some college. It makes sense that better-educated populations will more likely make better health decisions. But, it has subtler influences as well, for instance, better-educated people often work in better-paying jobs, which allows them easier access to healthy food and exercise options.  More so than lower incomes.  There is a lot to consider, but one thing is certain, and that is that education is at the heart of increasing people’s opportunity to lead better-healthier lives.  

Now for the most important part of this article… Drum Roll please… Champaign/Urbana has been ranked Illinois’ Healthiest City!  Obviously, for all the reasons we just talked about.  Champaign really encourages people to lead healthy lives, providing the resources and means to do so.  

Let's look at our biggest stats at the time of the Survey:

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 

Pct. without health insurance: 9.1% 

 Pct. food insecure: 3.7% 

 Obesity rate: 27.0% 

Consistently Low Unemployment Rates

These stats contribute to Champaign-Urbana being the healthiest metro area in Illinois and to the low percentage (10.2%, which is smaller than the 15.1% of statewide adults​) reporting fair or poor health.  In Champaign-Urbana, only 16.1% of residents smoked and only 21.6% were physically inactive in their leisure time in the month preceding the survey, lower numbers than both the state and national rates.  

Are you leading a healthy lifestyle? Want to live in the Healthiest City in Illinois? Maybe you want to know more about the benefits of living in Champaign/Urbana...The Rose Price Team can answer all of your questions and help make your    Champaign/Urbana    Dream Home a reality!