When you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, where you live can have a bigger impact than you might have thought.  Delaware Ranks #2 As Best U.S. State For Healthy Living.   The cost and variety of exercise options can vary quite dramatically as you move around the country, and it can be easier to stay when motivated when there are plenty of affordable locations suitable for exercise nearby.

So, what are the best places for leading a healthy lifestyle? My Protein did the research to find out more, ranking all 50 states (as well as Washington D.C.) across three different criteria related to availability and affordability.

For availability My Protein calculated the number of gyms per 100,000 people, as well as the percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park. To judge affordability, they looked at the cost of a gym membership, tennis court rental and a healthy grocery shop before comparing this to the average salary in each state. Finally, they used this data to give each state a score, allowing them to create their ranking of the best U.S. states for healthy living.

Delaware Ranks #2 As Best U.S. State For Healthy Living

Delaware came in a close second place, earning a score of 126, matching Rhode Island’s green space score, with 99% of residents also living within 10 minutes’ walk of a park. Wisconsin took the third spot, scoring 118, with Connecticut and North Dakota sharing the next spot, both earning a score of 114.

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  • Rhode Island is the best U.S. state for healthy living

    Rhode Island takes the top spot, claiming the title of the best U.S. state for healthy living, with a score of 146. The Ocean State came out on top for affordability and ranked second overall for green space, with 99% of residents living within 10 minutes’ walk of a park. And for those who prefer working out indoors, Rhode Island came seventh overall for gym access, with the state having 6.9 gyms per 100,000 residents.