RealAge recently released a ranking of the “Youngest and Oldest Cities in America,” using RealAge Test results from more than 28 million people.
RealAge Chief Medical Officer Keith Roach, MD shared: “Aging is inevitable, but the rate of aging is not… Each city ranking is a unique assessment of the healthy lifestyles, or lack of them, in that metro area.”
The report reviewed two dozen factors that influences the “real age” of a person in determining the best places to live, in order to stay young. A city’s age, according to RealAge co-founder Michael F. Roizen, MD, are affected in a big way by lifestyle choices made by the people who live there. He shared: “Cities with the lowest stress are basically the youngest. Stress, smoking, diet, exercise — all four of those seem to go together.”
At the top of the list and earning the title “America’s youngest city” is San Francisco, California. This is largely due to the fact that residents of the Bay area rank first in consuming fruits and vegetables, and not smoking. They also rank second for eating whole grains and exercising.
Other cities that earned top spots on the list are: Salt Lake City, Utah; San Diego, California; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Denver, Colorado; Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, California.
At the other end of the spectrum, however, are Knoxville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Indianapolis, Indiana, which were identified as cities where Americans with the unhealthiest real age lived.