Monday, November 17, 2008

Burlington, Vermont Named America's Healthiest City

Burlington, Vermont has been named the healthiest city in the United States in a study conducted for the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

Both towns are home to colleges and both have mostly white populations, but beyond that there are more differences than similarities. Burlington's citizens are younger, wealthier, and better educated than their counterparts in Huntington. Eight percent of Burlington's population lives at the Federal poverty level; in Huntington, the figure is 19 percent.

Vermont is home to skiing and other winter sports, of course, but Burlington residents are also enthusiastic participants in activities such as bicycling, hiking, and walking. And there are groups in the town that encourage maintenance of parks, walkways, etc.

At the University of Vermont you can find students eating the traditional college fare of pizza and snack foods, but Burlington, like many places in Vermont, also has plenty of healthier options such as organic and vegan food.

Burlington has been getting good press for other reasons, too: it was the focus of a recent Wall Street Journal article that detailed why the city has become popular as a destination for retired people to settle.

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