Burlington, Vt., is America's healthiest city, with 92% of residents reporting that they're in good or great health. A number of factors account for the gap between Burlington and Huntington, W.Va., which brought up the rear in the CDC's healthy-city rankings, the AP reports. Burlington's residents are younger on average, but more important is the fact that they get more exercise.
"There's this norm of a lot of activity," says the state deputy health commissioner. The cities, though superficially similar, typify the differences between America's haves and have-nots. Burlington has a robust economy, with IBM and other employers offering corporate wellness programs and health benefits. Huntington's poverty rate is higher than the national average, and a staggering 50% of the adult population is clinically obese.