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Cooking Light Names Cities That Best Fit Its Philosophy

MyApartmentMap - Sep 23, 2009

For those of you looking for a new city to live in, Cooking Light recently ranked major metropolitan cities on 15 different criteria, calculated on a per-capita basis, then grouped into categories–eat smart, be fit, live well–and factored on a four-point scale.

Here are the cities listed in order with what Cooking Light has to say about that particular city(click the city name to view the apartments in that city):

1. Seattle, Washington  An abundance of fresh local foods, walker-friendly streets, and inclusive attitudes helps make Seattle America’s best city for healthy living.

2. Portland, Oregon Life is good in our second-ranked city, thanks to its seemingly endless supply of outdoor activities, cutting-edge restaurants, and vibrant environmental consciousness.

3. Washington, D.C. Our capital city sets an accommodating agenda with farm-fresh dining, diverse cultures, and ample opportunity for exploration on foot.

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota In our fourth-ranked best city, lush parks and shimmering lakes provide a natural backdrop to a rich cultural landscape.

5. San Francisco, California Our fifth-ranked city steps up with one of the world’s most unforgettable settings–along with great cuisine and an energetic spirit.

6. Boston, Massachusetts Strolling historic parks and swanning around the water are but two of the pastimes that make summer prime time to enjoy our sixth-ranked city.

7. Denver, Colorado The Mile-High City ranked seventh on our list for an outdoorsy Western lifestyle that makes living well accessible and irresistible.

8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Our eighth-ranked city proves a worthy destination for food lovers, adventure seekers, and culture aficionados alike.

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania In America’s fifth-largest city, the historic past provides a backdrop for a present that’s healthful and happening.

10. Tucson, Arizona Tucson offers a taste of the authentic Southwest in a desert setting that’s ideal for a warm winter getaway.

11. Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore, it turns out, has lots of people who eat five or more servings of fruits and veggies a day–27 percent.

12. Colorado Springs, Colorado Graced with bountiful trail systems, no wonder 91 percent of the city’s population claims to be in good health.

13. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Skies, once dark with factory smoke, open above crystal-towered downtown Pittsburgh, bound on three sides by the rivers Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio.

14. St. Louis, Missouri A love for local produce and healthful activities keeps this urban center well fed and on the move.

15. New York, New York New Yorkers walk far more than most Americans, and they do it quickly. But they slow down for green markets–25 in Manhattan alone.

16. Atlanta, Georgia Approximately 55,000 people gather on the Fourth of July at the Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10k in the world.

17. Austin, Texas You can’t swing a yoga mat in Austin without hitting a cool place to exercise–whether it’s inside a gym or outdoors in a natural, spring-fed pool.

18. Chicago, Illinois The city’s environmentally friendly mentality is one of the reasons why it is home to the 2007 Cooking Light FitHouse.

19. Las Vegas, Nevada In our list, the city ranks third in restaurants rated “extraordinary to perfection” and third in nominations for James Beard awards.

20. Kansas City, Missouri A recent study revealed Kansas City has the purest water of any major city in the country.