MSP among top ten healthiest metro areas for baby boomers

Long live the boomers.
Long live the boomers.

Another month, another study telling us what a fine job we do taking care of our bodies.

This one comes courtesy of the American Physical Therapy Association and Huff/Post50, which named the Twin Cities the second healthiest metro for baby boomers.

SEE ALSO: MSP among America's "happiest, healthiest" metros, HuffPo study says

This time around, surveyors analyzed and scored the country's densest areas according to two main categories: the health of local residents and the resources available. Specifically, the study looked at life expectancy, cardiovascular health and reported stress levels, as well as the number of hospitals.

The Twin Cities ranked just behind San Jose, Cali., whose residents can expect to live two more years on average. We're unique, however, in having 242 gyms and fitness centers -- the most per 100,000 people.

Other key findings that were collected between April and June of this year:

  • 92.3 percent of boomers have health insurance.
  • 42.1 percent of the population being diagnosed with hypertension, which is 10.7 percent lower than the average.
  • 46.5 percent of the population has been diagnosed with high cholesterol, which is 5.2 percent lower than the average.
  • 2.6 percent have been diagnosed with cardiac disease, which is the lowest rate among the top 10 cities on the list.
  • Nearly 95 percent of the population is reportedly "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their life.

Here's the top 10 list in full:

1. San Jose, CA
2. MSP
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Denver, CO
5. Boston, MA
6. Salt Lake City, UT
7. Washington, DC
8. Seattle, WA
9. San Diego, CA
10. Raleigh, NC

Alice Bell, a physical therapist and spokesperson for APTA, told HuffPo that at one point, Americans may have accepted reduced mobility or weight gain as a normal part of aging. But today's baby boomers have transformed those expectations.

Way to go, kids.

-- Email Jesse Marx at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @marxjesse

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