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Fort Worth gets flabby score in ranking of healthiest and unhealthiest cities

Fort Worth gets flabby score in ranking of healthiest cities

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Run, Fort Worth, run. Photo by Raul Mosley

When it comes to the well-being of its residents, Fort Worth is crawling, not running. A new WalletHub ranking of the healthiest and unhealthiest places among the country’s largest cities puts Cowtown at No. 121 — a decidedly anemic showing.

To determine which cities prioritize the well-being of their residents, WalletHub compared more than 170 of the most populated U.S. cities across 40 key indicators of good health. The data includes the cost of a doctor’s visit, the typical consumption of fruits and vegetables, and the number of fitness clubs per capita.

WalletHub then bundled the data into four buckets: health care, food, fitness, and green space.

Here’s how Fort Worth fares in each category:

  • Health care — No. 107
  • Food — No. 86
  • Fitness — No. 112
  • Green space — No. 132

Dallas outperforms Fort Worth in the rankings. Big D shows up at No. 97 on the list of healthiest and unhealthiest cities. Here are the numbers for Dallas:

  • Health care — No. 133
  • Food — No. 59
  • Fitness — No. 82
  • Green space — No. 98

Only one suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth outranks either Dallas or Fort Worth. Plano leapfrogs all other major cities in the Metroplex to land at No. 39. Here are the category rankings for Plano:

  • Health care — No. 7
  • Food — No. 58
  • Fitness — No. 34
  • Green space — No. 60

Here’s how things shaped up for four other DFW suburbs:

Irving — No. 127

  • Health care — No. 130
  • Food — No. 113
  • Fitness — No. 147
  • Green space — No. 104

Arlington — No. 133

  • Health care — No. 104
  • Food — No. 108
  • Fitness — No. 144
  • Green space — No. 134

Grand Prairie — No. 138

  • Health care — No. 124
  • Food — No. 103
  • Fitness — No. 169
  • Green space — No. 123

Garland — No. 140

  • Health care — No. 132
  • Food — No. 104
  • Fitness — No. 146
  • Green space — No. 145

Among Texas cities on the WalletHub list, Austin is at the head of the spin class, appearing at No. 17. The city benefits from ranking third for the number of healthy restaurants per capita and fifth for the number of running trails per capita.

Here are the category rankings for Austin:

  • Health care — No. 42
  • Food — No. 20
  • Fitness — No. 24
  • Green space — No. 14

Houston beats both Dallas and Fort Worth in the rankings, while San Antonio is below Dallas but above Fort Worth.

Houston — No. 92

  • Health care — No. 135
  • Food — No. 62
  • Fitness — No. 60
  • Green space — No. 96

San Antonio — No. 109

  • Health care — No. 123
  • Food — No. 99
  • Fitness — No. 99
  • Green space — No. 87