Madison residents have long enjoyed the many benefits that the city has to offer. From easy access to numerous cultural and recreational activities to ample employment opportunities and beautiful homes to select from, the capital city of Madison Wisconsin is simply a beautiful place to live. According to a recent article in Men’s Health magazine, however, the city is also among the top healthiest places for men to live.

In the January/February 2010 issue of Men’s Health, Madison was listed as the second healthiest U.S. city for men. To determine rankings, Men's Health Magazine weighed 35 criteria including employment rates, air quality, commute times, life expectancy, death rates related to different health conditions, weight-related health issues and even the ration of single men to single women.

Madison's overall ranking was second place, which included 2nd place for health, 7th for life and 30th for fitness. By contrast, top-ranking Seattle, Washington ranked 1st for health, 44th for life and 9th for fitness. Here's the full top 20 list of the healthiest U.S. cities for men:

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Madison, Wisconsin
  3. San Jose, California
  4. Fargo, North Dakota
  5. Burlington, Vermont
  6. Manchester, New Hampshire
  7. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  8. Salt Lake City, Utah
  9. Lincoln, Nebraska
  10. Austin, Texas
  11. Aurora, Colorado
  12. Anchorage, Alaska
  13. Yonkers, New York
  14. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  15. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  16. Anaheim, California
  17. St. Paul, Minnesota
  18. Rochester, New York
  19. San Diego, California
  20. Sioux Falls, SD

Given the wide variety of recreational activities available to Madisonians within the City of Madison limits, as well as throughout the surrounding areas, it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that Madison WI residents, both male and female, are able to remain active and healthy!

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Posted by Jolenta Averill on
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I'm not surprised at Madison or Seattle. I am surprised by San Jose and really, really surprised that Yonkers, NY made the list. Quality of life is such an important factor in deciding where to live so thanks for the list.

Posted by spec homes on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 2:39pm

Madison is just hard to beat for so many reasons :)

Posted by Dale on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 5:03pm

Interesting rankings. I wonder why these statistics would only apply to men. May its because Madison and Seattle have such great woman! ;-)

Posted by Susan Zanzonico on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 8:38pm

And I was just saying how I don't like typos ~ I meant to say 'Maybe' it's because Madison and Seattle have such great women! I know of at least one great woman in Madison...right Jolenta!

Posted by Susan Zanzonico on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 9:06pm

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