If you are dedicated to living a Healthiest lifestyle, you may also want to consider where in the world you choose to settle and, more importantly, where you choose to raise children. As humans, we are incredibly susceptible to our environment. It is much harder to lead a healthy lifestyle in an area where this is not as naturally offered to you.
So, where are the healthiest places on the globe to live? CIA Landlord Insurance did some research, looking at everything from crime rates, pollution levels and quality of life to bring you the cities that should be at the top of your list.
Which is the healthiest city to raise a family?
Let’s take a look at the top ten healthiest cities to raise a family:
- Helsinki (Finland)
- Oslo (Norway)
- Bern (Switzerland)
- Wellington (New Zealand)
- Reykjavik (Iceland)
- Stockholm (Sweden)
- Ottawa (Canada)
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Dublin (Ireland)
The top ten list is dominated by Scandinavian cities, nailing almost all top three healthy hot spots and almost the top six, with the exception of Wellington and Switzerland. It’s no surprise, as Scandinavian countries are renowned for having a happy, healthy quality of life. They boast free education and healthcare, low crime rates, a relatively homogeneous population and are fairly prosperous.
Helsinki ranks at number one, taking into account happiness, quality of life, crime rate, pollution and the cost of childcare per month. Helsinki’s happiness index is up there, at 7.8 out of 10 and childcare ranks as one of the cheapest in the study at £202 per month.
What makes a city healthy?
When choosing the perfect backdrop to raise your family in a healthy way, it’s important to choose a city that continually creates and improves its physical and social environments. A healthy city priorities expanding the community resources that allow people to support each other and develop to their maximum potential.
It’s not about how many gyms there are per square metres, how many open spaces and parks there are or the cost of healthy food options. Although these things are all important, a healthy city offers so much more than this.