Top 10 Cities to Live In If You Want to Stay Young

Jager Weatherby on 22 Jul 2014 at 5:00pm

Top 10 Cities to Live In If You Want to Stay Young

We do a lot of things to keep ourselves looking and feeling young, but one of the biggest factors might just be where we live. We here at RealSelf analyzed the data to bring you the best U.S. cities to live in if you want to defy aging. Metropolitan areas were ranked on more than a dozen factors cited by doctors to impact the signs of aging and overall health. The criteria included factors such as sun exposure, smoking, physical fitness, access to dermatologists, and interest in Botox.

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From our press release:

Known for being wellness-obsessed, San Francisco tops the list, with high scores for having residents who eat healthfully, are physically fit, and are hyper-concerned with their skin’s appearance. Coming in second is Seattle, where the city’s active inhabitants aren’t as likely to spend on anti-aging products at the beauty counter, but interest per capita in Botox exceeds Los Angeles.**

Here is RealSelf’s list of the top 10 cities to live in if you want to stay young:
1. San Francisco
2. Seattle
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Minneapolis
5. Denver
6. Austin
7. Portland, OR
8. San Diego
9. Boston
10. New York City

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As you can see from the list above, the nation’s capital came in at number 3, earning top marks for physical fitness. Perhaps unsurprisingly, sunny San Diego has high rates of melanoma (29 cases per 100,000 people each year), but also benefits from a large concentration of dermatologists (4 per 100,000 residents). With the highest levels of stress in the country, New York City just barely made the list, yet Big Apple residents are more willing to invest money in ways to counteract the visible signs of aging.

While our list doesn't name the city most likely to age you the fastest, it’s interesting to note that Charleston, WV ranks 4th for smoking the most cigarettes, has the most tanning salons per capita, and also has residents that get the least amount of sleep.

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**Methodology, detailed regional metrics, and expert commentary from RealSelf data analysts are available upon request.