Communities that invest in "active" infrastructure — bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit — are more likely to have happy, healthy residents, according to a new report from Gallup-Healthways.

The report, part of the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index series of lifestyle reports, found that residents of the five highest active living communities have "significantly" lower rates of obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and depression. They also tend to have higher rates of healthy eating, exercise, fresh produce consumption and overall physical well-being.

Those top five metros are Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York/New Jersey and Washington, D.C, all with "well-being" scores 61.2 or higher. The "well-being" score is based on an average of the metros:

  • Active living score.
  • Walk score.
  • Bike score.
  • Transit score.
  • Park score.

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