U.S. Health Rankings Put Houston Near Bottom


Annual rankings are out for the healthiness of 150 U.S. cities -- and they show that Houston has plenty of catching up to do.

The Bayou City ranks 121st on the list, which was compiled by WalletHub.

Cities were scored in 34 areas across four categories: food, fitness, health care and green space.

WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez tells NewsRadio 740 KTRH the city's low ranking is partly because a large percentage of people who don't have insurance – 65 percent of Houstonians don’t have have coverage, one of the worst rates on the list -- or access to general medical care, even though Houston is home to world-class heart and cancer treatment facilities.

The city is also especially low in the number of dentists and mental health counselors per capita, Gonzalez says.

Gonzalez adds that the city does offers ways to get healthy -- it ranks in the top third in parks, walking and bicycle access, which are the brightest spots in the city data.

San Francisco ranks No. 1 in the 2017 Healthiest Cities list, while Detroit is at the bottom at No. 150.


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