OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City and Tulsa are two of the unhealthiest cities in the country, according to a recent study ranking the most and least healthy cities across the United States.

The study by personal finance website WalletHub measured 43 metrics in 4 categories — health care, food, fitness and green space — to determine the relative health of 174 of America's most populous communities.

West coasters did well, taking five of the top 10 spots, but none are healthier than San Francisco, according to the study. Seattle came in second, followed by San Diego; Portland; Washington, D.C.; then New York; Denver; Irvine, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Chicago.

Oklahoma City earned 142nd place, followed right behind by Tulsa in 143rd.

Each of the 174 cities were compared on 43 metrics, including the average cost of a medical visit, premature death rates, fruit and vegetable consumption, cost of a gym membership, the number of mental health counselors per capita, percentage of physically active adults, and the number of running and walking trails.

Brownsville, Texas, came in at the bottom overall. Laredo is runner-up to dead last, and is preceded by Gulfport, Miss.; Shreveport, La.; Memphis; Montgomery, Ala.; Huntington, W.Va.; Augusta, Ga.; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Detroit in 165th.

Despite ranking second-to-last overall, Laredo had the lowest average cost for a medical visit of any city in the list. Boston was the most expensive.

The full study is available at https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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