The 20 best big-city neighborhoods for healthy living

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Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood came in at 11th place.
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Flickr/Daniel X. O’Neil

Different neighborhoods in the same city can often vary greatly in the amenities and atmosphere they offer residents. And if staying active is important to you, it’s best to do some research on the neighborhoods that will help you accomplish that.

Online real-estate marketplace Trulia recently analyzed hundreds of neighborhoods in small, mid-sized, and large US cities to determine the best places to live a healthy, active life.

The results are based on the percentage of quiet streets (based off of traffic volume), the number of “active” amenities on Yelp (like playgrounds and parks), the number of health-centric amenities on Yelp (like hospitals and doctor’s offices), and the amount of footpaths and trails (not including sidewalks).

Interestingly enough, a large majority of the top 20 neighborhoods were in Los Angeles and Seattle.


20. Old Torrance: Torrance, California

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Google Street View

Percentage of quiet streets: 51.7

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 2.7

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 1.1

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 4.6


19. East Flushing: Queens, New York

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Google Street View

Percentage of quiet streets: 48.7

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 3.4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 1.1

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 7.7


18. Melrose: Los Angeles, California

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Flickr/Sarah_Ackerman

Percentage of quiet streets: 65.6

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 2.7

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 0

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 3.6


17. Poly High: Long Beach, California

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Google Street View

Percentage of quiet streets: 52.8

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 3.4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 0

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 11.4


16. Wallingford: Seattle, Washington

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Flickr/jwalsh

Percentage of quiet streets: 46.7

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 3.4

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 8


15. Phinney Ridge: Seattle, Washington

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Flickr/Chelsea Nesvig

Percentage of quiet streets: 47.9

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 6.1

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 3.5

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 1.8


14. Wedgwood: Seattle, Washington

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Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

Percentage of quiet streets: 50.7

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 4.6

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 1.1

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 2.7


13. Belmont Shore: Long Beach, California

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Facebook/Belmont Shore Business Association

Percentage of quiet streets: 46.8

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 10.4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 4.9

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 1.5


12. Crossroads: Bellevue, Washington

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© Steven Pavlov/http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Senapa / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Percentage of quiet streets: 44.3

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 6.8

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 14.2

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 7.4


11. Rogers Park: Chicago, Illinois

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Flickr/Daniel X. O’Neil

Percentage of quiet streets: 50.1

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 6.5

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 0.3

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 6.5


10. Beverlywood: Los Angeles, California

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Wikimedia Commons/Cbl62

Percentage of quiet streets: 49.2

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 8.4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 0.3

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 7.4


9. North Delridge: Seattle, Washington

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Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

Percentage of quiet streets: 47.7

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 8.6

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 10.4

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 1


8. Ravenna: Seattle, Washington

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Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

Percentage of quiet streets: 52.1

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 3

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 2.4

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 7.5


7. Wrigley: Long Beach, California

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Wikimedia Commons/Darkest tree

Percentage of quiet streets: 49.5

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 4.3

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 6.6


6. Belmont Heights: Long Beach, California

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Flickr/Ken Lund

Percentage of quiet streets: 52.9

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 4

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 2.2

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 4


5. Sunset Hill: Seattle, Washington

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Wikimedia Commons/Dennis Bratland

Percentage of quiet streets: 61.1

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 12

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 1.9

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 0


4. Beverly Center: Los Angeles, California

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Wikimedia Commons/ChildofMidnight at English Wikipedia

Percentage of quiet streets: 54.5

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 7.8

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 0

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 17.5


3. Sunpark: Santa Monica, California

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Google Street View

Percentage of quiet streets: 61.2

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 8.2

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 0

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 5.5


2. Plaza: Long Beach, California

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Google Street View

Percentage of quiet streets: 57.9

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 4.2

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 4.0

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 2.1


1. Ocean Beach: San Diego, California

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Facebook/Ocean Beach MainStreet Association

Percentage of quiet streets: 53

Number of play-centric amenities per square mile: 15

Miles of trails/footpaths per square mile: 3.9

Number of care and essential amenities per square mile: 4.2