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There’s little doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has glaringly revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. healthcare system. A patchwork of quality, policy, insurance coverage, preparedness and access as varied as the communities it serves, it’s clear that many places have better healthcare than others.

Healthgrades, a company that provides information and reviews about physicians, hospitals and healthcare providers ranked the healthcare in 100 cities based on factors that contribute to quality care and a healthy lifestyle.

Using data from their own surveys and scores, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau, Healthgrades ranked the cities on four factors:

  • Access to care, which includes insurance coverage and care costs
  • Population health, which includes the percentage of the population in good health, with a normal body mass index and who were physically active,
  • Hospital quality, which includes the number of 5-star ratings on Healthgrades, as well as clinical excellence and clinical outcomes
  • The availability of local specialists and their ratings
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Based on Healthgrades 2019 National Health Index, these are the U.S. metropolitan areas with the best healthcare. Click on the gallery to see them all.