What Do Bakersfield and Charleston Have That St. Louis Doesn't?


Men's Health and Women's Health magazines have come out with their ranking of the 100 best -- and worst -- cities in America for healthy living.

St. Louis ranks as the second-worst city in both Men's Health and Women's Health, with only Bakersfield, California, and Charleston, West Virginia, respectively, earning lower marks.

Which leaves one wondering: What do those cities have that we don't?

Certainly not more STDs. More fat people? No way. Just a few years ago Men's Health named us the "Flabbiest City" in America. Do those other cities have more gun violence? Again, I doubt it. Although we currently rank as the fourth-most crime-ridden city in America, we're only two years removed from the distinction as the "Most Dangerous City in America." We've also ranked as one of the nation's most depressed and angriest cities.

If all that doesn't add up to a No. 1 billing as the most unhealthiest city in the land, I don't know what does.

The editors of Men's Health, meanwhile, are keeping the formula for their rankings close to their magnicently groomed and chiseled chests. In a press release they allow that the survey factored in such things as cancer rates, air quality and number of gym memberships.

Hogwash! I demand a recount!

Follow the jump for a partial list of the rankings.


Featured in the January/February edition of Men's Health Magazine:

Ten Best Cities For Men

1. Madison, WI

2. St. Paul, MN

3. Salt Lake City, UT

4. Seattle, WA

5. Aurora, CO

6. San Jose, CA

7. Lincoln, NE

8. San Francisco, CA

9. Boston, MA

10. Minneapolis, MN

The 10 Worst Cities For Men

91. Detroit, MI

92. Jacksonville, FL

93. Riverside, CA

94. Bakersfield, CA

95. Memphis, TN

96. Birmingham, AL

97. St. Petersburg, FL

98. Las Vegas, NV

99. St. Louis, MO

100. Charleston, WV

Featured in the January/February edition of Women's Health Magazine:

The 10 Best Cities For Women

1. Salt Lake City, UT

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Seattle, WA

4. San Jose, CA

5. Denver, CO

6. Minneapolis, MN

7. Fargo, ND

8. Madison, WI

9. Manchester, NH

10. Aurora, CO

The 10 Worst Cities For Women

91. St. Petersburg, FL

92. Birmingham, AL

93. Modesto, CA

94. Cleveland, OH

95. Detroit, MI

96. Charleston, WV

97. Toledo, OH

98. Memphis, TN

99. St. Louis, MO

100. Bakersfield, CA

-- Chad Garrison

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