'Healthiest' Places to Live May Not Be Where You Think
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When homebuyers create a list of "must haves" for new cities and towns, such things as schools, taxes, work commute time and access to cultural and recreational areas are standard.
But these days, so-called "healthy living" issues have wedged their way onto those lists as homebuyers get curious about how many fast food chains, bars and health care centers and gyms are within a few miles of their potential home.
Now those homebuyers have a useful tool that tells them where to find the healthiest communities in the U.S.: a ranking of the healthiest places to live in America, courtesy of RealtyTrac, the Irvine, Calif., real estate industry analyst, and Local Market Monitor, a real estate investment analysis firm.
Somewhat surprisingly, the list is top-heavy with cities and states in the South, along with communities in often-overlooked states (by homeowners, that is) such as North Dakota and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.here.
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