Do you feel young for your age? It might be because you live here in San Diego County. You might feel a lot older if you lived in Ohio or Tennessee.
Chronological age is not the sole predictor of your physical and mental youth. Think about different people you know who are 40, 50, or 60. Some of the 60-year-olds are probably younger looking and in better physical health than the 40 year olds.
Where you live can profoundly affect your rate of aging. The website Real Age analyzed data from 28 million individuals who had taken its free online health and lifestyle surveys, which gather information designed to measure an individual’s "real age" based on criteria like your diet, cholesterol, smoking, marital status, stress, employment, social interaction and alcohol use.
Real Age then ranked the rating of aging against the city of residence using zip codes for everyone who took the survey in the United States.
Healthy diet is the number one reason San Francisco was named America’s best city to remain young among the nation’s top 50 metropolitan areas. San Franciscans eat plenty of fruit, veggies and whole grains. They are active and they don’t smoke.
Sunny San Diego is a close second. It’s our active outdoor lifestyle and low stress overall that keep us young. Salt Lake City has the happiest marriages and lowest rate of smoking. Boston is one of the best cities for lower cholesterol and health insurance. Austin’s residents are the most optimistic and least stressed out.
The 10 cities that ranked top in helping residents say young were:
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- San Diego, Calif.
- Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn.
- Denver, Colo.
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Boston, Mass.
- Austin, Texas
- Washington, D.C/Baltimore, Md.
- Los Angeles, Calif.
Imagine how you might feel living in one of the cities at the opposite end of Real Age’s list.
Knoxville, Tennessee is the city where residents age the fastest. The reasons: drinking, smoking, poor employment and high stress rates. Louisville, Kentucky rated among the worst populations in the country when it came to cholesterol and alcohol use. Memphis, Tennessee is on the list due to high rates of diabetes and stress.
The 10 major metropolitan areas where residents grow old the fastest are:
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Louisville, Ky.
- Memphis, Tenn
- Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Indianapolis, Ind.
- Greensboro, N.C.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Greenville, S.C.
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio
Just because your city is rated unhealthy, you are still in charge of your own behavior and habits. But it’s a lot more difficult if you are surrounded by negative influences. Numerous studies have shown that eating and exercise habits of your family and friends can greatly affect your own choices.
The good news: there are plenty of people in the survey who could get the senior discount no matter where they live who measure 10 to 15 years younger thanks to a smart diet, exercise and other healthy behaviors.
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