Settling into and calling a place home is an irreplaceable feeling. A home can be a relaxing, peaceful haven to retreat to after a long day's work, and also one you can get social in with family and friends. Aside from all the good feels home sweet home provides, establishing the right location and building for your needs depends on various key factors. Being close to nature may be a top priority, or maybe you'd like to be in the heart and soul of a bustling hub. You may choose a high-rise building that's stocked with all new amenities, or one that's older but so charming.
Whatever be the case, finding a place where you can lead an affordable yet healthy lifestyle is so important (because we all know paying rent and shopping for healthy food can add up real quick). The sleep experts over at Amerisleep conducted a new study that reveals the top 10 cheapest cities across the U.S. to live a healthy lifestyle.
Whether you're considering moving someplace new, or you're curious where the city you call home ranks on this list, read on to learn more. And next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Here's how the top 10 cities were selected
Amerisleep's team of sleep experts reviewed 100 U.S. cities with the biggest populations in order to establish the cheapest place to live a healthy life. Key factors of this lifestyle like gym membership prices, health insurance costs, fruit and vegetable costs, and private doctor rates were examined and then calculated as a percentage of each state's average net salary.
Atlanta, Georgia is the cheapest U.S. city to live a healthy lifestyle
If you live in Atlanta, Georgia, or you're considering putting down roots there, you're in luck! This city ranks #1 in Amerisleep's study, with healthy lifestyle costs totaling about 9.7% of the destination's typical salary (and healthcare costs totaling 8.27% of the average monthly salary).
The additional cities, which rank in places 2 through 10, respectively, are as follows:
- San Francisco, California
- San Jose, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Denver, Colorado
- Irvine, California
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Dallas, Texas
- Austin, Texas
- Jersey City, New Jersey
This ranking can be beneficial for your next move
April Mayer of Amerisleep stresses how valuable these findings are. "Since the pandemic began in 2020, Covid-19 has really highlighted the importance of health more than ever," Mayer says. "This data offers a useful guide as to where people can maintain the healthiest lifestyle possible at an affordable price in the U.S."
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