Ithaca named healthiest metro area in New York State

September 2, 2015 by Rachel Cera

How healthy is Ithaca? According to 24/7 Wall St, it's the healthiest city in New York State.

"Notably, Ithaca is home not only to several colleges and universities, but also to a well educated population," says the feature. "Higher levels of education are associated with better employment and higher incomes, which together tend to support healthier lifestyles."

The article says "only 11.9% of adults" report just "fair or poor health," and only 12.5% of the population smokes compared to the state average of 16.6. They also cite Ithaca's relatively low 5.8% "food insecure" rate, a measure of access to healthy food. 

"Pass the quinoa," quipped Mayor Myrick on his Facebook page.

"Each city was ranked based on overall health outcomes, including length and quality of life," says the publication. "Also considered in the index are the range of factors that influence these outcomes. These include healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic indicators, and physical environment."

24/7 Wall St. does say Ithaca has a larger share of residents who are "physically inactive" compared to the rest of the state, with 24.6% compared to the statewide average of 23.5%. That's still lower than the national percentage of 27%, but maybe it's time to get off the couch, Ithaca!

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