The top 12 healthiest cities in the world

To determine if our environment is suitable for a healthy lifestyle, a contact lens sales site analyzed 44 cities around the world. Each has been classified according to 10 criteria assessing their living environment and Paris is placed … in 35th position of the healthiest cities!

The Lenstore contact lens sales site publish a study on the healthiest cities in the world. 44 cities were analyzed to discover those that promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. From the rate of obesity to the level of pollution, each city was classified according to 10 criteria evaluating the living environment.

How was the ranking done?

The data concerning these 44 cities were collected on the basis of 10 indicators:

  • Hours of sunshine
  • Price of a bottle of water
  • Obesity rate
  • Life expectancy
  • Pollution level
  • Number of hours worked per year
  • Well-being level
  • Outdoor activities
  • Number of outings
  • Average monthly cost of a gym membership

Each parameter was given a weighted score, which was then used to calculate an overall score out of 100. This global score was used to rank the 44 cities to determine those with the healthiest lifestyle.

What is Paris’ place in this ranking?

Paris is ranked 35th in this ranking, or if you prefer, in 10th position among the least healthy cities in the ranking. With a low rate of sunshine (1662 hours), a high pollution index (65.10) and a high cost of living (a bottle of water costs on average 2.15 €), Paris could not compete with Voioenn, Amsterdam or Barcelona.

In the top 10 cities considered the least healthy, we then find: Sao Paulo, Zurich, London, Johannesburg, Mila, Washington, New York, Moscow and Mexico city.

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2/12 – 11e position : Melbourne
Australia’s second city, after Sydney, Melbourne is ranked 11th with 2,363 hours of sunshine, over 82 years of life expectancy, and one of the highest possible numbers of outdoor activities (243).

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3/12 – 10e position : Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada, is known for its nature and adventure sports offering, but is also a pioneer in health and fitness. With an average life expectancy of 81.7 years, a relatively low pollution rate (24/100), it ranks 10th.

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4/12 – 9th position: Barcelona
Barcelona, ​​Spain, comes in 9th place but it is the number one city for outdoor activities (580 activities) and it offers ideal weather to enjoy it with 2,591 hours of sunshine per year.

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5/12 – 8e position : Berlin
Berlin, Germany also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with 254 outdoor activities (254) and the eighth lowest pollution level in Europe. A healthy and full life, therefore, for citizens whose life expectancy is on average 80.6 years.

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6/12 – 7e position : Fukuoka
Fukuoka, on the east coast of Japan, is arguably one of the lesser-known cities in this ranking. She comes in 7th position due to a relatively low cost of living (a bottle of water costs only 86 cents) and it is she who offers the highest life expectancy in the ranking, i.e. 83.2 years.

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7/12 – 6e position: Helsinki
Helsinki is in 6th position because it has the lowest pollution level of all cities (13.08 / 100), a life expectancy of 80.6 years and it is one of the 10 cities with the lowest working hours. The only downside: it only offers 1662 hours of sunshine.

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8/12 – 5th position: Copenhagen
Copenhagen (Denmark) is in 5th position in the ranking because with 1380 working hours per year (or 28.75 hours per week), it is the city that offers the best work-life balance. The Danish capital also ranks 5th among cities with the purest air, with a pollution score of 21.24 (out of 100). The only downside: the cost of living. A bottle of water is 2.42 euros.

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9/12 – 4th position: Stockholm
1,452 hours worked per year, a life expectancy of 81.8 years and a low level of pollution (20/100) allows Stockholm, the largest city in Sweden, to obtain 4th place in this ranking.

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10/12 – 3rd position: Vienna
Vienna, Austria offers one of the best places to live. It is the least polluted city in the ranking (three times lower than Barcelona, ​​Paris and London). The gym membership is on average affordable (around € 28) and its obesity rate of 20.1% is the fifth lowest in Europe. This allows it to climb to 3rd position on the podium of the healthiest cities.

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11/12 – 2e position : Sydney
With 2,636 hours of sunshine per year, the city of Sydney, Australia offers over 406 outdoor activities, including exploring some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. With, in addition, a life expectancy of 82 years, the first city of Australia is placed in second position in this world ranking.

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12/12 – And the winner is… Amsterdam
Known for being the most cycle-friendly city in the world, the Dutch capital tops the ranking of cities offering the healthiest way of life. She offers more than 400 outdoor activities, an obesity rate of 20.4% and 1,434 hours worked per year.

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